Date & Time: Feb 4, 1931
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Mount Batten AFB - Mount Batten AFB
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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.
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.