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UNFORTUNATE END TO TO an aeroplane, presumably that of Mr. Hawker’s, fell into the sea outside Skerries this afternoon. Assistance and a doctor are being sent.
At a quarter past one Hawker passed Skerries, flying low. A few minutes later, report reached Skerries that the intrepid airman had fallen into the sea at Lough Shinny, some miles away, and it was also stated he had a breakdown. A doctor was immediately sent to the place to render all assistance.
Later information goes to show that when Hawker was 100 feet up in the air he lost control of his machine, and fell into the water. Before reaching Larne, Mr. Hawker descended off the Scottish coast, and an hour was spent in effecting repairs. At Larne another two hours were occupied in effecting repairs and in taking in supplies of petrol and water.
Mr. Hawker said that he and his companion, Mr. Kauper, were all right, but one engine was going badly, and he had difficulty in reaching Larne. The journey was resumed promptly at 11 o'clock, a very fine ascent being made. Apparently., the engines were then working well.
The weather was ideal for flying. The news of the unfortunate accident to Mr. Hawker's waterplane was first communicated by a member of the editorial staff of the " Evening Herald " to Mr. Green by telephone to the Royal St. George's Yacht Club, Kingstown.
Mr. Hawker was met by our representative on the outskirts of the city as he was returning in a motor with Mr. Malcolm. Mr. Hawker was unhurt, but the passenger, Mr. Kauper, sustained several injuries. His face was very much battered and bruised, and his neck and right side had sustained a gash, while his right arm was badly injured. Mr. Hawker, on being interviewed, stated they wore only 50 or 60 feet from the water when the accident occurred. It was not the fault of the engine, but merely a side slip. He pressed his left foot on the rudder valve, but, his boot being oily, slipped, with the consequence that the machine was slowed round and fell sideways with great force, the float striking the water first.
Hawker, the British airman at St. John's, Newfoundland, who had been unable to get off on Friday because of the impossible weather on his chosen route started yesterday at 6.51 p.m. to fly to Ireland.
Mr. Raynham, tried to follow almost immediately, but he could not rise, his machine striking the ground with violence and becoming wrecked. The flight has now become a real international race. The British airmen propose a non-stop flight direct across the Atlantic to Ireland, some 2,000 miles, and if all goes well should cross the Irish coast about 3 o'clock this afternoon.
The American naval seaplane N.C.4 landed on the Island of Fayal, one of the Azoresgroup, at 12.21 -p.m. on Saturday, after a non-stop flight of 1,360 miles from Trepassey Bay, Newfoundland.
The flight was accomplished in 13 hours and 18 minutes, without a mishap. The two companions of the N.C.4 were not so fortunate. The N.C.3 lost her course in the fog, while the N.C1 was forced to alight in the sea 200 miles north of the Azores. The N.C.4 was expected to leave yesterday for another point in the Azores, whence she will continue her course to Lisbon,
For over 10 hours Hawker and Grieve have been flying over the Atlantic, but there has been any news from the aeroplane yet.
There is as yet no news of Mr. Hawker, who left Newfoundland on Sunday evening to fly to Ireland. The times mentioned for the flight were:
LEFT-NEWFOUNDLAND , ... 6.48 P.M., SUNDAY.
EXPECTED IN IRELAND ' 3. 0 P.M., MONDAY.
Wireless messages received last night to the effect that Hawker was approaching the Irish coast are now definitely contradicted by the Admiralty. Consequently, there is the greater anxiety being felt for the safety of the airmen. Statements that the machine was being towed, and that Hawker was forced to alight for want of petrol, are said to be unfounded.
No News Yet
The Press Association says:—
The Air Ministry and Admiralty at 11.35 this morning are unable to throw any fresh light on the mystery of Mr. Hawker's whereabouts. The Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club, Mr. Sexton, interviewed by a "Herald representative, indicated the wireless headquarters had just informed them that they have had a wireless message from Berehaven , saying no further "information received, but that all wireless telegraph stations were keeping constant watch. This message was received by the Royal Automobile Club about 12,30 o'clock.
Cape Race, Wednesday. . Wireless—A search of the Atlantic has failed to trace Hawker.
THE ATLANTIC, FROM NEWFOUNDLAND TO BRITAIN, HAS BEEN BRIDGED BY RELAYS OF RADIOGRAMS. All ships thus reached are reported to have received no message from Hawker. The theory is put forward that Hawker may have fallen into the sea soon after the start.
All Reports the Same
MAY BE PICKED UP?
The "Daily Mail's" special correspondent in Newfoundland cables to-day:— Major Grant, of the Handley-Page giant aeroplane, points out that in the hours pursued-by Hawker and Comdr. Grieve. the machine would be following the route of the Scandinavian vessels now carrying food to Europe. I had word this morning, he said, which shows THERE ARE AT LEAST FIFTY SCANDINAVIAN VESSELS ON THIS ROUTE AT THE PRESENT MOMENT. A large majority of them do not carry wireless, and IT IS QUITE POSSIBLE THAT HAWKER AND GRIEVE MAY HAVE BEEN PICKED UP BY ONE OF THEM, AND WE SHALL NOT HEAR FOR TWO OR THREE DAYS. There is only one explanation of the absence of a wireless message from the machine. It is the view of experts that the generator burnt out.
The Danish steamer Mary, passing by the Butt of Lewis yesterday morning, signalled the following:—
SAVED HANDS, SOPWITH AEROPLANE.
The Admiralty at once dispatched a destroyer, which intercepted the Mary and took Hawker and Grieve on board. Thus a week after their start on a flight across the Atlantic—a week during which all hope of the airmen's safety was abandoned—the missing airmen have made their dramatic appearance, having been picked up in mid-Atlantic, the story of the flight which has yet to be told is destined to be that of the most thrilling adventure ever entered upon.
The news has been received everywhere with the utmost satisfaction.