Date & Time: Nov 7, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Handley Page H.P.42
Operator:
Registration:
G-AAXD
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Ferry
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Paris - Exeter
MSN:
HP.42/6
YOM:
1930
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The aircraft was returning from France to Exeter after its crew completed a special flight for the Royal Air Force Command. While flying over Devon in marginal weather conditions, the crew was unable to locate the airport of Exeter nor to localize his position with certainty. Eventually, the captain decided to reduce his altitude and attempted an emergency landing on the Tiverton Golf course when on final, the aircraft hit two trees and crashed. While all three occupants were injured, the aircraft christened 'Horatius' was destroyed.