HC Deb 19 April 1917 vol 92 c1851W

asked the Secretary to the Admiralty whether the pilot of the naval aeroplane N 5,056 who, near Grosmont, in Yorkshire, fell and was killed on the 10th instant, was a trained aeroplane pilot; whether the cause of the accident has been ascertained; and, if so, could he state what it was?


This officer was under training; he was flying a Maurice-Farman aeroplane, on which type he had carried out four hours' solo flying previous to the accident. The pilot apparently got into difficulties in thick clouds and lost control of the machine, whose nose dived to the ground. The subsequent examination did not disclose any constructional defects in the machine.