Mid-air collision Accident Westland IV Wessex G-ADFZ, Saturday 7 September 1935
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Date:Saturday 7 September 1935
Type:Westland IV Wessex
Owner/operator:Trafalgar Advertising Co. Ltd
Registration: G-ADFZ
MSN: WA.1900
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Cedar Square, Blackpool, Lancashire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Blackpool (Squires Gate) Airport (BLK/EGNH)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The three engine aircraft left Blackpool-Squires Gate Airport for a local flight with two passengers (a couple) and a pilot on board. While flying over the city of Blackpool, it collided with an Avro 504N registered G-ACOD Flying on behalf of National Aviation Displays , the second aircraft was carrying two passengers and a pilot as well.
After the collision, both aircraft dove into the ground and crashed in flames in Swainson Street, in Cedar Square, Blackpool. Both aircraft were destroyed by impact forces and post crash fire and the three occupants of Avro 504N G-ACOD were killed:

Hugh William Patrick Stewart (pilot, aged 29) killed
Miss Lilian Barnes (passenger, aged 33) killed
Miss Doris Barnes (passenger, aged 30) killed

Flight Lt Leonard Turnell Carruthers and 4 passengers unhurt in Wessex G-ADFZ. Registration G-ADFZ finally (and belatedly) cancelled on 1.12.46 as a result of the Air Ministry's 1945 post-war census on the survival of all pre-1939 registered civilian aircraft.


1. http://www.blackpoolpostcards.co.uk/category/fires-etc/
2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westland_IV#Cobham_Air_Routes_Ltd
3. http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-A6.html
5. http://afleetingpeace.org/index.php/aeroplanes/15-aeroplanes/78-register-gb-g-ad
6. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-ADFZ.pdf

Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
01-Dec-2011 09:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-Dec-2011 09:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Nature, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2012 12:32 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
01-Oct-2017 21:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2017 18:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2017 01:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2017 01:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2017 01:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total occupants]
25-Mar-2020 16:01 TB Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2020 14:49 harro Updated [Aircraft type]

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