Date & Time: Feb 4, 1931
Type of aircraft:
Blackburn Iris
Operator:
Registration:
N238
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mount Batten AFB - Mount Batten AFB
MSN:
1
YOM:
0
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
9
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
Aircraft was engaged in a training mission with 12 crew on board on behalf of the 209 Squadron. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were good with a calm sea. At a speed of 70 mph, the float plane hit violently the water surface and was wrecked. Three crew members were rescued while all nine other occupants perished.
Probable cause:
There was no mechanical failure prior to the accident and the cause of the crash was identified as being a pilot error as the Court of Inquiry showed that the pilot Charles Tucker was a qualified pilot but not proficient in flying boats. It appears that he misjudged the distance between the aircraft and the water surface.