Incident Reports

Date: July 14, 1927
Survivors: none
Fatalities: serz. Jekabs Kaire
Aircraft Involved: Sopwith Camel # 17
Location: Daugavpils
Details:
  • At four in the morning Sgt.Kaire took off from the Daugavpils military airfield in Sopwith Camel #17. It is believed that the engine was not running well on takeoff and, as he tried to adjust the mixture, it stopped entirely. Rather than continuing to glide in a forward direction and selecting a landing spot outside of the airfield, Kaire tried to turn the airplane back towards the airfield and glide back to his starting point. This all too common mistake proved fatal, as he had insufficient airspeed to sustain flight during a turn and he fell into an irrecoverable spiral.

B Rouse photo

Jekabs Kaire


Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Latvijas Kareivis 1927-07-15
- Latvijas Kareivis 1927-07-16
- Latvijas Kareivis 1927-07-17

- Photo by B Rouse

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