Mid-air collision Accident de Havilland DH.18A G-EAWO,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 26557
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Friday 7 April 1922
Time:14:00 LT
Type:de Havilland DH.18A
Owner/operator:Daimler Hire Limited
Registration: G-EAWO
MSN: DH.18/4
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Over Thieuloy-Saint-Antoine, Oise, France -   France
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Croydon Aerodrome, South London
Destination airport:Le Bourget, Paris
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 7 April 1922, four days after Daimler Hire commenced operations with the DH.18A, G-EAWO was flying mail from Croydon bound for Le Bourget, Paris, with only the pilot (Lieutenant R. E. Duke) and a boy steward (Hesterman) aboard. Meanwhile the Goliath (F-GEAD) piloted by M. Mire had departed Le Bourget with three passengers and a mechanic. The three passengers were an American couple, Christopher Bruce Yule and the new Mrs. Yule, and a French national, Monsieur Bouriez.

Following the normal route in drizzle and fog at an altitude of 150 m (492 ft), the DH.18A collided with the Goliath over Thieuloy-Saint-Antoine, 4 kilometres (2 mi) south of Grandvilliers in the Oise department (now part of Picardie), France, some 27 kilometres (17 mi) north of Beauvais and some 70 miles (110 km) north of Paris. All seven people died in the first-ever mid-air collision between airliners.

The weather was misty with poor visibility. The two aircraft suddenly encountered each other in the mist, neither having time to take evasive action. During the collision the DH.18 lost a wing and the tail, and impacted first, with the Goliath crashing a few minutes later. Although people on the ground quickly reached the scene, all were found to be dead except for the boy steward, who was badly injured. He was taken to the nearby village, but died of his injuries.


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_mid-air_collision_of_airliners
2. http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-EAWO.pdf
3. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/collision-over-thieuloy-saint-antoine-7-killed

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Mar-2011 13:32 Johnny Johnny Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage]
16-Feb-2014 21:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
30-Mar-2019 00:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
30-Mar-2019 00:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2024 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314