Incident Reports

Date: March 3, 1926
Personnel: German pilot (name unknown), passenger Arvids Skurbe
Aircraft Involved: Junkers F-13 "B-LATA", also known as "Kondors" of the Latvijas Gaisa Satiksmes Akciju Sabiedriba
Location: Near Helsinki, Finland
Details:
  • The aircraft, formerly the German-registered D 202, was purchased in 1923 and was operated by LGSAS.
  • The German pilot flew into thick fog and, attempting to safely lose altitude for landing at Helsinki, he began to spiral slowly downwards. The right wing struck the ground and broke, the undercarriage (equipped with skis for this flight) was torn off and the engine separated from the fuselage.
  • Both pilot and passenger were essentially unhurt.
  • The aircraft was eventually rebuilt and returned to service, but by then with a new owner.
  • the airline went bankrupt in 1926 for a number of reasons, not the least of which was the loss of this aircraft and another to a storm which struck Spilve on May 12, 1924.

B-LATA



Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture


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