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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25220
Last updated: 9 September 2021
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Type:de Havilland DH.9
Owner/operator:Major W.T. Blake
Registration: G-EBDE
MSN: H5378
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Parc Borelly, south of Marseilles, Bouches-du-Rhône -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Lyon-Bron Airport, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France (LYN/LFLY)
Destination airport:Parc Borelly, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône
Ex-RAF Airco (DeHavilland) DH.9 H5738 (former RAF serial used on the CAA documentation in lieu of any official constructors number). First civil registered as G-EBDE 19.05.22. Written off (Damaged beyond economical repair) on 28.05.22 whilst landing at Parc Borelly, near Marseilles, France, at approximate coordinates: 43.2597°N, 5.3805°E, during an attempt to fly around the world.

Crew was engaged in a world tour and left Lyon in the morning bound to Marseille. Aircraft overflew Marseille downtown and crew was forced to make an emergency landing, most probably because lost or due to fuel exhaustion. Aircraft crashed in the Parc Borély located south of the city. While all three occupants were uninjured, aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was planned that crew should land in Marseille but he was not aware that airport serving this city is located in Istres, some 50 km northeast of his final position.

Captain Norman McMillan, pilot
Major W.T. Blake, copilot and navigator.
Colonel L.E. Broome, photographer

Registration G-EBDE cancelled by the CAA on 13.11.22 due to "destruction or permanent withdrawal from use of aircraft". According to some sources, the damaged airframe was exported to Canada and became G-CAEU (first registered as such 17.07.24). However, G-CAEU is also said to have been the former DH.9 G-EBDF, which was acquired by Major Blake as a replacement aircraft for G-EBDE.


1. Flight International 29 June 22 page 374.

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
23-Mar-2010 12:25 airco_dh9 Updated [Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
19-Dec-2013 00:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Mar-2019 00:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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