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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 209625
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Handley Page Hampden Mk I
Owner/operator:7 Sqn Royal Air Force (7 Sqn RAF)
Registration: L4161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Cantley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Finningley, South Yorkshire
Destination airport:
Handley Page Hampden Mk.I L4161, 7 Squadron, RAF Finningley: Written off (destroyed) 5/9/39 when dived into the ground, near Cantley, Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Pilot lost control on a training flight, he was practising single engine flying at the time of the accident. The pilot was killed and he was the first wartime flying fatality in Yorkshire since the outbreak of war.

An investigation found that it was possible that the pilot had shut down one engine to practice single engine flying but he had lost control and the aircraft had entered a steep dive from which he was only partially able to recover before it then dived vertically into the ground at high speed and at a steep angle.

Pilot - Pilot Officer Anthony Richard Playfair (Canadian, aged 26, Service Number 39679) - was killed


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1983)

Revision history:

20-Apr-2018 19:21 Dr. John Smith Added
10-Nov-2018 22:14 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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