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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162310
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Date:19-JUL-1926
Time:day
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Siskin V
Owner/operator:Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircaft Ltd
Registration: G-EBLQ
MSN: AWA.102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Whitley Abbey, Coventry, Warwickshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Demo/Airshow/Display
Departure airport:Whitley Abbey
Destination airport:Whitley Abbey
Narrative:
First registered 25.6.25 (C of R 1197) to Sir W.G. Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd as a demonstration aircraft. (One of two such aircraft - the other being G-EBLN). On 19 July 1926 the aircraft was taking part in demonstration flight at Whitley Abbey when the wing separated and the aircraft crashed, killing the pilot, David Arthur Hughes, who was the chief instructor of the Armstrong-Whitworth Flying School.

The cause was that the wing was made of wood and could not handle the maneuvers causing it to separate from the aircraft. It was the second accident involving this type of aircraft.

This was the second loss of a Siskin V due to collapse of its wooden wings: on the 18 February 1925 a Romanian pilot was killed following the same failure at the same airfield. The Romanian Air Force had ordered 65 Armstrong Whitworth Siskin; after the second crash, the Romanian Air Force cancelled the orders of the aircraft.

Despite the contract being cancelled, thirteen aircraft were completed. Of these, 10 were completed and test flown (possibly in hope of a sale elsewhere?) before being scrapped. One (c/n AW.73) was tested to destruction at Farnborough and two appeared as civil aircraft (G-EBLN c/n AW.97 and G-EBLQ c/n AW.102 respectively)

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1919-29.htm
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Armstrong_Whitworth_Siskin
3. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EBLQ.pdf
4. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1919-29.htm
5. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-E3.html
6. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Acc1929.htm
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Nov-2013 07:04 ryan Added
16-Nov-2013 07:04 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
13-Dec-2013 21:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2017 13:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]
30-May-2018 22:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-May-2018 22:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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