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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25088
Last updated: 21 November 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.89 Dragon Rapide
Owner/operator:Great Western & Southern Air Lines Ltd
Registration: G-ACPR
MSN: 6255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Burford, Shropshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Speke Airport, Liverpool [LPL/EGGP]
Destination airport:
c/no.6255: Registered G-ACPR [CofR 4959] 20.2.35 to Railway Air Services Ltd, Croydon; named "City of Birmingham". CofA 4743 issued 18.3.35; delivered 30.3.35. Operated during 1936 by Imperial Airways Ltd for pilot training. Cancelled 5.12.38 and registered 31.1.39 to Great Western & Southern Air Lines Ltd, Shoreham [later Speke]; named "Valkyrie". Operated by 'C' Flight 24 Squadron, Hendon 17.9.39-7.12.39.Returned to Great Western & Southern Air Lines Ltd 7.12.39.

Written off 19.2.40: Left Liverpool-Speke in the day for a regional scheduled flight. En route, the pilot encountered poor weather conditions with heavy snow falls and was unable to locate his real position. So he decided to reduce his altitude and attempted an emergency landing when the twin engine aircraft hit the ground and crashed upside down in a snowy field in Burford,Shropshire. All five occupants (pilot and four passengers) were injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Registration G-ACPR cancelled 18.2.40 (sic) as PWFU ("Permanently Withdrawn From Use") - note that the date of cancellation was the day BEFORE the accident(!)




DH.89 G-ACPR of Railway Air Services named "City of Birmingham" at Manchester (Ringway) Airport, July 1938: DH.89 Dragon Rapide G-ACPR Rly AS Ringway 07.38 edited-2


Photo of G-ACPR courtesy

Manchester - International (EGCC / MAN)
September 1938; (c) RAScholefield Collection

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2011 13:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Oct-2017 20:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
18-Feb-2019 19:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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