The R-101 Airship Disaster – Beauvais, France, 5 October 1930

Posted on October 4th, 2013 by The British Newspaper Archive

While on a flight to Karachi on 5 October 1930, the R-101 British airship crashed at the edge of a wood near Beauvais in France, and immediately caught fire.

Of the 54 passengers and crew, 46 were killed in the crash itself, while two more died later in hospital.

To commemorate this sad day, here is a contemporary newspaper report of the disaster.

historical newspaper report on The R-101 Airship Disaster

Gloucester Citizen – Monday 06 October 1930

Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000325/19301006/051/0001

historical newspaper report on The R-101 Airship Disaster

historical newspaper report on The R-101 Airship Disaster

Western Morning News – Monday 06 October 1930

Image © Local World Limited. Image created courtesy of THE BRITISH LIBRARY BOARD.

http://www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk/viewer/bl/0000329/19301006/078/0009

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