Accident Druine D.62B Condor G-AVRV, Saturday 6 July 1968
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Date:Saturday 6 July 1968
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic D6CR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Druine D.62B Condor
Owner/operator:Norman Herbert Jones (The Tiger Club)
Registration: G-AVRV
MSN: RAE/623
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:English Channel, 1 mile offshore, near Folkestone, Kent -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Lydd Airport, Lydd, Kent (LYX/EGMD)
Destination airport:Berck-Sur-Mer, Pas de Calais, France (LFAM)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Druine D.62B Condor G-AVRV: First registered (C of R R9729/1) on 18-7-67 to Rollason Aircraft & Engines Ltd., Croydon Airport, Croydon, Surrey. Registration cancelled 11-10-67 upon sale. Sold on and re-registered (C of R R9729/2) on 13-10-67 to Norman Herbert Jones, Claygate, Surrey.

On 6 July 1968 a group of four aeroplanes left Lydd Airport (I suspect that they were in transit and stopped at Lydd to clear customs) en route for Berck-sur-Mer in the Pas de Calais. It would seem that the group, which included Beagle Airedale G-ARZR and Druine Condor G-AVRV, flew north-east up the coast before turning east to cross the Channel to France. Although flying in formation, the Condor, which was flying astern of the Airedale, progressively reduced the distance between the two until it collided with the tail of the Airedale approximately 1 mile offshore from Folkestone. The Airedale was able to make a controlled descent, and ditched in the sea, whereas the Condor crashed into the sea. It appears that the sole occupant of the Condor was the pilot and, despite crashing into the sea, he survived the incident. I haven't been able to find, online, a report specifically concerning the Airedale and thus do not know how many were onboard (the Airedale is a four seater) or whether there were any injuries or loss of life amongst them.

There was an AIB investigation into the collision and subsequently a report (CAP 330) was published on 1 January 1969. Flight magazine (12 February 1970) reported the latter as follows:

"The Board of Trade Inspector of Accidents has been unable to find any reason why a collision occurred between Beagle Airedale G-ARZR and Druine Condor G-AVRV near Folkestone on July 6, 1968. The two aircraft were among a group of four flying in loose formation. The Airedale was leading with the Condor behind and to starboard. The Condor was seen to start to weave from side to side while gaining rapidly on the Airedale, which it eventually struck on the rudder and starboard elevator. The pilot of the Airedale was able to carry out a successful ditching but the Condor crashed inverted into the sea."

Registration G-AVRV cancelled by the CAA on 6 July 1968 (same day) as "destroyed"

Sources:

1. Flight magazine 12 February 1970
2. CAA: https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AVRV.pdf
3. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15000.0
4. http://rollason-condor.org.uk/Historic.htm

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Feb-2015 19:24 Dr. John Smith Added
27-Feb-2020 23:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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