Mid-air collision Accident Antoinette IV , Saturday 1 October 1910
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Date:Saturday 1 October 1910
Type:Antoinette IV
Owner/operator:Rene Thomas
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Milan -   Italy
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Milan, Italy
Destination airport:Milan, Italy
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The first documented case of a mid-air collision involving two fixed-wing aircraft occurred during the "Milano Circuito Aereo Internazionale" meeting in Italy on 1 October 1910.

Frenchman René Thomas, flying an Antoinette IV monoplane, collided with British Army Captain Bertram Dickson who was flying a Farman III biplane. The Antoinette IV reportedly hit the tail of the Farman. Both pilots survived; however Bertram Dickson suffered internal injuries and never fully recovered from these injuries, and died on 28 September 1913.


1. http://www.rcawsey.co.uk/Accmisc.htm
2. https://books.google.nl/books?id=Sd4DAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&hl=nl&pg=PA91#v=onepage&q=Milan&f=false
3. https://www.scienceandsociety.co.uk/results.asp?image=10304784&wwwflag=2&imagepos=40
4. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1910/1910%20-%200830.html
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9_Thomas_(racing_driver)#Aviation


Artists impression of the collision: First air-plane collision 1910

Revision history:

11-Jan-2018 10:58 harro Added
12-Feb-2019 19:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
12-Feb-2019 19:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
03-Jun-2022 05:24 Anon. Updated [Date]

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