Accident Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Trainer K1187, Friday 13 February 1931
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Date:Friday 13 February 1931
Type:Armstrong Whitworth Atlas Trainer
Owner/operator:RAF College Cranwell
Registration: K1187
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Cranwell, Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Armstrong Whitworth Atals TM K1187, RAF College, Cranwell: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 13/2/31 when crashed at RAF Cranwell, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, killing both persons on board. Cause of crash attributed to loss of speed on a gliding turn during approach for a practice forced landing.

Crew of Atlas K1187:
Flying Officer Anthony Frederick Paul Anning (instructor)
Flight Cadet Arthur Moreland Acton-Adams (pupil)

According to a contemporary report ("Flight" magazine August 7, 1931 page 783 - see link #5):

It is with deep regret that I have to report two serious flying accidents since January. The first occurred in an Atlas aeroplane on February 13, 1931. when Flying Officer Antony Frederick Paul Anning. an instructor, and Flight Cadet Arthur Morland Acton-Adams were killed. Careful inquiry into the cause of this accident led to the conclusion that it was due to loss of flying speed on a gliding turn during approach for a practice forced landing.

The instructor, who was an experienced pilot on this type of aeroplane, must have left the correction of this fault until a moment too late to pull the aeroplane out of the resultant dive."

Formally struck off charge as "Destroyed" 28/2/31


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft K1000-K9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain, 1976 page 6)

Revision history:

16-Feb-2008 09:00 JINX Added
15-Jul-2013 02:45 JINX Updated [Source]
11-Jan-2015 05:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2018 14:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2018 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Apr-2018 21:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
13-Jul-2023 21:35 Nepa Updated

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