Accident Hawker Hurricane Mk I L1652,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 15109
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Date:Tuesday 6 September 1938
Type:Silhouette image of generic HURI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hawker Hurricane Mk I
Owner/operator:Hawker Aircraft Co Ltd.
Registration: L1652
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:South Road, St Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey
Destination airport:Brooklands, Weybridge, Surrey
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Hawker Hurricane L1652: Written off (destroyed) 06/09/1938 when crashed on test flight before delivery at South Road, St Georges Hill, Weybridge, Surrey. Pilot:
John Hindmarsh (Test Pilot) Hawker Aircraft Ltd - killed.

Just what happened will never be known; however, he had apparently been advised not to fly above 10,000 feet without oxygen in case he 'blacked out'. It seems that he may have ignored this precaution either intentionally or inadvertently; whatever the reason, the Hurricane which had been wheeling high in the sky above Brooklands one moment, was suddenly seen to be in a headlong dive, the engine note rising to a terrifying howl which was clearly heard by the pilot's wife, in her cottage, at Cobham. It struck the ground in an explosion, at St. George's Hill Golf Course, Weybridge. A thin pall of smoke spiraling upwards marked the spot. The contents of the fuel tanks exploded, but the pilot was mercifully killed instantly on impact


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)

Revision history:

02-Mar-2008 20:36 JINX Added
02-Mar-2008 20:42 JINX Updated
09-Jan-2012 07:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
26-Feb-2013 20:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Jul-2013 03:46 JINX Updated [Operator, Narrative]
15-Mar-2018 20:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2024 09:34 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Operator]

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