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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28959
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Type:Percival P.10 Vega Gull
Registration: G-AEAB
MSN: K.20
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Abercorn, near Lake Tanganyika, Northern Rhodesia -   Zambia
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Portsmouth Aerodrome, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Destination airport:Johannesburg, South Africa
The prototype Percival Vega Gull was G-AEAB, which first flew from Gravesend in November 1935. First registered (C of R 6597) on 17.2.36 as G-AEAB to the Percival Aircraft Co. Ltd., Gravesend Airport, Gravesend, Kent. Sold on and re-registered (C of R 7365) on 22.9.36 to a private owner (David William Llewellyn) of Kensington, London W.8 (aircraft remained based at Gravesend Airport).

Written off 20.9.36 when crashed in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) whilst taking part in the The Schlesinger African Air Race from Portsmouth to Johannesburg. The Royal Aero Club announced that the London-Johannesburg Race would, in fact, start from Portsmouth. The first machine left from Portsmouth aerodrome at 6.15 a.m. on Tuesday, 29.9.36, the rest followed at one-minute intervals, the times being adjusted at the Cairo control.

A total of 14 entries were received, although eventually there were only 9 starters. G-AEAB did not finish: it was destroyed on 30.9.36 in a forced landing due to adverse weather at Abercorn (now Mbala) near Lake Tanganyika, in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). Both crew (David William Llewellyn (pilot and owner) and Charles F. Hughesdon (co-pilot)) survived.

Registration G-AEAB belatedly cancelled 26.10.45 by the Air Ministry ("Cancellation by Secretary of State") as part of its post war census into the continued existence (or not) or all pre-war UK civilian registered aircraft.



Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Apr-2013 23:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-May-2014 11:31 Anon. Updated [Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 15:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2018 15:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type]
25-Jan-2018 22:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Narrative]

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