Incident Eiloart Free Balloon G-APOB,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 166538
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Date:Monday 15 December 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic BALL model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eiloart Free Balloon
Owner/operator:Arnold Eiloart
Registration: G-APOB
MSN: S372
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:South Atlantic Ocean, 1,200 miles W of Tenerife -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:El Medano Beach, Tenerife
Destination airport:Jamaica, West Indies
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
53,500 cu feet Hydrogen Balloon, Built by RFD Ltd and first civil registered as G-APOB on 10.7.58 to Arnold Eiloart, London W8 (but based at Cardington, Bedfordshire); named "The Small World". Used for a balloon expedition across the South Atlantic from East to West, routing Tenerife to Jamaica, West Indies. Took off from El Medano Beach, Tenerife on 11.12.58.

Caught in a severe storm, and force landed in the South Atlantic 15.12.58, en route after 1,200 miles and 94 hours 30 minutes flying time. The boat shaped gondola was then released from the envelope, and sailed on to Barbados, a further 1,450 miles. It made landfall three weeks later, on 5.1.59. All four persons on board - Arnold Eiloart, Timothy Eiloart, Colin Mudie & Rosemary Mudie - were unhurt




Revision history:

26-May-2014 20:19 Dr. John Smith Added
26-May-2014 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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