Author Topic: Cessna 172 (G-AVTR) fatal ditching, Thames Estuary, 26 December 1969  (Read 148 times)

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Whilst flying from Biggin Hill to Southend Airfield on Boxing Day 1969, one assumes that Cessna 172 G-AVTR suffered an engine problem/failure which necessitated it ditching in the Thames off Canvey Island (yes, I appreciate that it's in Essex but it's not stated how far off Canvey Island it ditched). The pilot and his passenger escaped with their lives but I've not traced any report of the accident that tells how they did so. Equally I know not if the Cessna was recovered from the river but, if it was, evidently it was a total wreck as its registration was cancelled by the CAA as 'destroyed'.

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Re: Cessna 172 (G-AVTR) fatal ditching, Thames Estuary, 26 December 1969
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2024, 22:16:01 pm »
Contrary to what is said above, the pilot and passenger of G-AVTR did not escape with their lives. Both of them, Dudley Graham Woodhead (pilot) and Lloyd John Taylor (passenger), lost their lives when the Cessna ditched in the Thames Estuary. Neither of their bodies were recovered from the water.

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Re: Cessna 172 (G-AVTR) fatal ditching, Thames Estuary, 26 December 1969
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2024, 09:42:04 am »
Lloyd John Taylor
Probate:- Of Rockley House Farm, Meopham Died on or since 26.12.1969. Probate £16433

Dudley Graham Woodhead
Probate:- Of Oxens Shaw Farm, Ifield Rd, Meopham, Kent. Died 26.12.1969. Probate £17610
Married Patricia A Ward ¼ June 1951 Chatham. 4 children.
Death shown as at Essex

Is this the 2 Gents?

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Re: Cessna 172 (G-AVTR) fatal ditching, Thames Estuary, 26 December 1969
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2024, 10:22:55 am »
By virtue of the date and the Meopham connection, I believe that they are. My information came from Mr Woodhead's grand-daughter.