Fatal air accidents in Britain and Ireland 1786 - 1939: statistics


Fatal accidents by aircraft type:


Type Total
Sopwith Camel 339
Avro 504 327
B.E.2 160
R.E.8 154
Bristol Fighter 134
DH.60 Moth 88
Maurice Farman Shorthorn 79
D.H.6 75
D.H.9 72
F.E.2 68
Sopwith Pup 66
D.H.4 61
S.E.5 60
Hawker Audax 46
Bristol Blenheim 45
Sopwith Dolphin 43
A.W. Siskin 33
Hawker Hart 32
Sopwith 1 Strutter 32
Sopwith Snipe 29
Fairey Battle 26
Other types 1326
Total 3296


Fatalities by year:


Year Total
1786 - 1913 68
1914 27
1915 38
1916 260
1917 629
1918 1401
1919 139
1920 28
1921 70
1922 32
1923 39
1924 56
1925 41
1926 71
1927 48
1928 68
1929 58
1930 68
1931 83
1932 61
1933 62
1934 80
1935 80
1936 131
1937 182
1938 243
1939 533
Total 4596


Fatalities by age:


Age Total
0 - 9 16
10 - 17 39
18 - 19 724
20 - 24 1894
25 - 29 1119
30 - 39 541
40 - 49 130
50 - 59 28
60 - 69 14
70 - 80 11
unknown 80
Total 4596


Fatalities by nationality:


Nationality Total
British 3647
Canadian 306
German 176
American 146
Australian 101
New Zealand 68
South African 58
French 25
Irish 16
Dutch 11
Belgian 9
Other 33
Total 4596



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