Accident Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8 A71,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220843
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Date:Saturday 3 February 1917
Type:Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8
Owner/operator:42 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: A71
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Hanworth Aerodrome, Hanworth, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex
Destination airport:RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
3.2.17: Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, A71, 42 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Hounslow Heath, Hounslow, Middlesex. Written off (destroyed) when Overbanked, nose dived into the ground and caught fire on impact, Hanworth. Middlesex. Pilot - 2nd Lt Alexander Allan Gray MC (aged 22, formerly with the 15th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry) - was killed. According to the aircraft accident record card for R.E.8 A71:

"Court of Inquiry 87/9415
Flying accident. Pilot overbanked. Error in flying. It was the opinion of the Court of Inquiry that the accident was caused by the pilot overbanking on second right hand turn, resulting in a side slip and nose diving from a height of 700 feet. Fire caused by impact of machine with the ground"



Revision history:

15-Jan-2019 19:16 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Jan-2019 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
19-Jan-2019 16:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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