Incident Reports

Date: October 30, 1938
Survivors: none
Fatalities: Toms Gailitis
Aircraft Involved: VEF I-12
Location: Riga (Spilve)
Details:
  • Early in the afternoon of October 30, 1938 Toms Gailitis, a skilled pilot with the Aizsargu Aviacija flew a VEF I-12 for regular flight practice. At 13:45, while performing an aerobatic maneuver, the aircraft crashed steeply into the ground, killing the pilot instantly and totally destroying the airplane.
  • A subsequent inquiry ruled that the pilot was performing very demanding aerobatic maneuvers with a low cloud ceiling and that this compression of usable air space resulting in the crash.


Toms Gailitis


Sources

- Bruvelis, Edvins Latvijas Aviacijas Vesture
- Latvijas Kareivis November 2, 1938
- Latvijas Kareivis November 3, 1938
- Sparnota Latvija No.53 (Nov 1938)

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