Incident Reports

Date: June 1, 1924
Survivors: none
Fatalities: serz. Peteris Abrams, Augusts Bakmanis
Aircraft Involved: Savoia S.16 #4
Location: near Liepaja lighthouse
Details:
  • The mission was to distribute flyers/leaflets from the air, announcing the Air Show scheduled for Liepaja.
  • They were flying near the Liepaja lighthouse at an altitude of about 150-200 metres when the engine stopped. The pilot turned too sharply (to get over water for a forced landing) and the aircraft lost airspeed, striking the ground about 200 metres from the ocean. It is speculated that the engine may have stopped because it became somehow clogged by a leaflet. It was also noted that ordinarily, when flying over land, the floatplane is supposed to be at an altitude of at least 800 metres. However, that would be too high to distribute the leaflets efficiently, so they were flying at a height which did not give them the opportunity to glide to the water and safety.
  • After this accident the S.16s were grounded for awhile and were inspected thoroughly.



Death Notice - Kurzemes Vards



Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Kurzemes Vards June 3, 1924
- Prieditis, Erichs Eriks Latvijas Kara Flote

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