Accident Wright Type A SC-1,
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Date:Thursday 17 September 1908
Type:Wright Type A
Owner/operator:Wright brothers
Registration: SC-1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Fort Myer, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
During a demonstration flight for the US Army, one of the two propellers contacted a bracing wire of the tail. The wire failed, causing the tail to fail in flight. The aircraft crashed into the ground from an altitude of 50-75 feet above the ground. The propeller imbalance was caused by a split in one of the wooden propeller blades. A 2-foot section of the blade separated upon severing the tail brace wire.
Pilot: Orville Wright, injured
Passenger: Lt. Thomas E. Selfridge (US Signal Corps), deceased after the crash
Testflight for US Army

It was the first fatal plane crash in US aviation history.


1. archive Bleiente


17 Sept. 1908, Fort Meyer, VA (USA) by C H Claudy

Revision history:

08-Mar-2008 05:20 Bleiente Added
13-Oct-2009 21:34 Goldfish85 Updated
29-Apr-2010 06:14 ion Updated [Date, Time, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 00:37 Anon. Updated [Registration, Location, Narrative]
04-Aug-2011 23:58 Anon. Updated [Registration]
16-Jul-2014 06:20 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Photo, ]
14-Jul-2015 16:47 rrea Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2019 22:43 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
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18-Sep-2019 05:50 gerard57 Updated [Source]
21-Dec-2019 07:37 Anon. Updated [Location]
01-Jun-2022 07:26 TB Updated [Narrative]
25-Oct-2023 06:04 Ron Averes Updated [[Narrative]]

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