1927 KLM Fokker F.VIII crash

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The 1927 KLM Fokker F.VIII crash happened on 22 August 1927 when Fokker F.VIII H-NADU of KLM crashed at Underriver, Kent, following structural failure of the tailfin or rudder. The aircraft was operating an international scheduled flight from Croydon, Surrey, to Waalhaven Airport, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. One of the two crew was killed and eight people were injured.


The accident aircraft was Fokker F.VIII H-NADU, c/n 4993. The aircraft was manufactured in 1926 and had entered service with KLM on 24 June 1927.<ref name=Aviacrash>Template:Cite web</ref>


On 27 August 1927, H-NADU departed Croydon at 8:07 am,<ref name=Aviacrash/> bound for Rotterdam.<ref name=Dekker>Template:Cite web</ref> it was carrying two crew, nine passengers, Template:Convert of mail and Template:Convert of freight. About 10 minutes after take-off, a tensioning wire at the tail broke, tearing off the rudder and tailfin. This made the aircraft very difficult to control, with a crash inevitable.<ref name=Aviacrash/> The aircraft crashed into the crowns of some trees in the grounds of a large house named St Julian's at Underriver.<ref name=Ingleton>Template:Cite book</ref> The mechanic was killed when he was crushed by one of the engines.<ref name=Flight250827>Template:Cite journal</ref> The pilot and seven passengers were injured.<ref name=Aviacrash/> The tailfin and rudder were recovered at a distance of over Template:Convert from the wreckage of the aircraft. Damage to the aircraft was assessed at ƒ68,985.07.<ref name=Dekker/>



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