Accident Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn 2986, Wednesday 20 December 1916
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Date:Wednesday 20 December 1916
Type:Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn
Owner/operator:5 (Reserve) Sqn RFC
Registration: 2986
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Walmley, near Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RFC Castle Bromwich, Warwickshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
20.12.16: Maurice Farman S.11 Longhorn No. 2986, 5 (Reserve) Squadron, RFC Castle Bromwich. Written off (destroyed) when Side slipped, crashed and caught fire, Walmley near Sutton Coldfield, Staffordshire (at approximate co ordinates 52.540464°N, 1.800289°W). Both crew killed: 2nd Lt Frank Leslie Garner (observer, aged 21) killed immediately; 2nd Lt Percy Andrew Wright (pilot, aged 29) died 21.12.16 (next day) of injuries sustained. According to the aircraft record card for Maurice Farman S.11 Shorthorn No.2986:

"Court of Inquiry 87/9004
Flying accident. Machine caught fire on striking ground.Machine became uncontrollable at 400 feet from the ground. Engine was stopped and machine side slipped, crashed and catching fire at the same time. No expert evidence was obtainable to throw any light on the cause of the accident. Machine in perfect condition. Pilot experienced and competent airman."

According to a contemporary report in "Flight" magazine (December 28 196 page 1142 - see link #5)

"A Double Fatality.
An inquest was held on December 22nd on 2nd Lieut. P. A. Wright and 2nd Lieut. Frank Leslie Garner, both of the R.F.C. When flying in a biplane recently the two officers saw a machine that had alighted in a field, and apparently decided to make a descent with a view to assisting their colleagues. Owing to a sudden stoppage of the engine the biplane nose-dived from a height of 400 ft.

The engine fell on Mr. Garner, who was killed instantly. The machine burst into flames, and two agricultural labourers released Mr. Wright from the debris and recovered the body of Mr. Garner. Mr. Wright received attention at a V.A.D. hospital, and was afterwards removed to another hospital, where he died within a few hours. Verdicts of "Accidental Deaths" were returned."


5. Flight magazine (December 28 1916 page 1142):

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07-Jan-2019 18:27 Dr. John Smith Added
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