Date & Time: Feb 10, 1930 at 1250 LT
Type of aircraft:
Farman F.63bis Goliath
Operator:
Registration:
F-FHMY
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Paris - Croydon
MSN:
21/6844
YOM:
1920
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
2
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Aircraft left Paris at 1005LT bound to Croydon Airport. Fifteen minutes later, engine problems forced the crew to return to Le Bourget. Spark plugs were changed and crew left again at 1045LT. While cruising in the vicinity of Maidstone, Kent, crew heard a loud bang from the rear of the aircraft. A part of the stabilizer was lost and pilot reduced his altitude when all passengers were positioned in the rear of the cabin. On final approach to a snowy field located in Marden, at a height of 15 meters, pilot cut both engines when the aircraft gain height and climbed to a height of 30 meters before stalling. It crashed and burnt. A passenger evacuated all three crew who were injured but was unable to rescue both other passengers who were prisoners of the cabin in fire.
Crew:
Henri Nevot, pilot,
Mr Le Sollier, mechanic,
Mr Alveaux, radio.
Passengers:
Hugh Curzon, employee of Cook Company in Paris,
Mr & Mrs A. Hodges, US citizen who get back to England following a honeymoon in Paris.
Probable cause:
According to the board of inquiry, the accident was the consequence of fatigue of the upper front strut of the right tail which failed in flight, causing the spar to fail as well. Investigators confirmed that crew and the operator does not have any responsibility in the accident.