Accident Vickers Vimy G-UABA, Wednesday 11 February 1920
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Date:Wednesday 11 February 1920
Time:night
Type:Vickers Vimy
Owner/operator:South African Air Force
Registration: G-UABA
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Korosko, 80 miles North of Wadi Halfa -   Sudan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Private
Departure airport:Derna, Lybia
Destination airport:Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Crew left Brooklands, UK, for Derna on the night of 4 February 1920. Intended route was Brooklands-Derna-Wadi Halfa- Bulawayo-Cape Town. After eleven hours flight, aircraft encountered bad weather conditions over the Mediterranean Sea but landed without further problems in Derna, Lybia. On 11 February 1920, While approaching Wadi Halfa Airport in Sudan, crew encountered technical problems and aircraft crashed short of runway at Korosko, 80 miles to the North. Both pilots were injured as the aircraft named 'Silver Queen' was destroyed.
Crew:
Lieutenant Colonel Pierre Van Ryneveld
Lieutenant Quinton Brand.

Aircraft replaced by a second Vickers Vimy (F8615, named "Silver Queen II") which crashed 6.3.20 at Bulawayo, Rhodesia.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20170107164813/http://sapfa.org.za/history/1920s-london-cape-town
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170503045305/http://www.baaa-acro.com:80/1920/archives/crash-of-a-vickers-vimy-in-wadi-halfa/
3. http://sthp.saha.org.za/memorial/articles/pioneers_of_the_african_skies.htm
4. https://www.thesouthafrican.com/today-in-history-first-air-flight-from-london-to-cape-town-in-1920/
5. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/zs-aaa.pdf

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Sep-2015 16:58 gerard57 Added
21-Aug-2017 15:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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