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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 205022
Last updated: 9 September 2021
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Time:18:30 LT
Type:BA Swallow 2
Owner/operator:Eric Newbold, OBE
Registration: VR-SAL
MSN: 420
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:The Esplanade, Penang, Straits Settlement -   Malaysia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Penang, Straits Settlement, Malaysia
Destination airport:
First registered [C of R 12] 11.11.35 as VR-SAL to Eric Newbold, Eastern Smelting Co, Penang, Straits Settlement, Malaysia. Also used by the Penang Flying Club, of which Eric Newbold was president

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 31.1.38 when crashed into the sea after hitting a car, a signpost, and spectators while low-flying over the Esplanade, Penang. The two occupants of the car and one spectator were killed:

Soo Hoo Kok Yean (spectator, died)
Foo Chiang Choong (car driver, died)
Koo Keng Hoo (car passenger, died)

Eric Newbold OBE, the pilot of VR-SAL, survived the crash unhurt. However, he died later the same day (31.1.38) at Eastern Smelting Works, Penang after committing suicide by cyanide poisoning. Hev was 44 years old


5. Malaya Tribune, 1 February 1938, Page 12:
6. The Straits Times, 27 February 1938, Page 4 (Inquest into the suicide of Eric Newbold):

Revision history:

24-Jan-2018 18:31 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Feb-2019 20:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source, Narrative]

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