Author Topic: Flanders F.3 Monoplane - fatal crash, Brooklands, 13 May 1912  (Read 231 times)

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Brighton born and Tonbridge educated aviation pioneer Edward Victor Beauchamp Fisher and his passenger, American millionaire Victor Mason, both died when their Flanders F.3 Monoplane stalled at about 100 feet and dived in off a turn at Brooklands in the late afternoon on 13 May 1912. Fisher was thrown from the aeroplane before impact (he was not strapped in), on which it burst into flames. Later that month the accident was investigated by a committee of the Royal Aeronautical Club (then British aviation's governing body), which resulted in the first ever British aircraft accident investigation report. The manufacturer of the aeroplane and its engine were consulted; eye witnesses gave evidence; and expert medical evidence was given by a doctor who had carried out an autopsy on the bodies of the two victims.

The conclusions of that RAeC report were that the cause of the accident was the aviator himself, who failed sufficiently to appreciate the dangerous conditions under which he was making the turn, when the aircraft was flying tail down, and in addition was not flying in a proper manner. A side slip occurred, and Mr. Fisher lost control of the aircraft. It seems probable that his losing control was caused by his being thrown forward on to the elevating gear, thereby moving this forward involuntarily, which would have had the effect of still further turning the aircraft down. This would explain his being thrown out whilst in the air. In the opinion of the Committee it is possible that if the aviator had been suitably strapped into his seat he might have retained control of the aircraft.

Fisher had obtained his Aviator's Certificate (Nº 77) just over a year before the crash, having learnt to fly with the Hanriot School at Brooklands. Subsequently he became an instructor with the school. Also he'd worked with A.V.Roe and Howard Flanders, whose monoplane he was flying at the time of the crash. He was just 24 years old when he died. He was interred in Weybridge Cemetery.

 


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Re: Flanders F.3 Monoplane - fatal crash, Brooklands, 13 May 1912
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2020, 14:34:23 pm »
Flight magazine of 11 January 1913 published the RAeC report into this accident.

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Re: Flanders F.3 Monoplane - fatal crash, Brooklands, 13 May 1912
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 19:22:04 pm »
Name:   Edward Victor Beauchamp Fisher
Birth Date:   1 Dec 1887
Birth Place:   Brighton
Cemetery:   Weybridge Cemetery
Parents Robert & Alice Ann

See his Aviators Cert & pic

In 1911 he was a Boarder at Lynwood, Dorchester Road, Weybridge. He was an Aeronautical Engineer

Probate. Of 8 Upper Phillimore Place, Kensington. Died 13.5.1912 Brooklands. Admin to Robert Fisher, retired Civil Servant. Effects £106



Victor Mason
Born 9.12.1870 Washington
Married Mary Comstock Simmons 3.3.1891
3 children
Buried Delawanna, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
See pics. Known in high places.