Bukken Bruse disaster

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Bukken Bruse disaster

A Short Sandringham similar to the aircraft involved in the accident.
Accident summary
Date 2 October 1948
Summary Loss of control while landing
Site Hommelvik, Malvik, Norway
Passengers 38
Crew 5
Injuries (non-fatal) undetermined
Fatalities 19[1]
Survivors 26[1]
Aircraft type Short S.25 Sandringham 5
Aircraft name Bukken Bruse
Operator Det Norske Luftfartselskap (DNL)
Registration LN-IAW
Flight origin Oslo Airport
Destination Trondheim-Hommelvika

The Bukken Bruse disaster was the crash of a flying boat upon landing at Hommelvik in Malvik municipality, nearby Trondheim, Trøndelag, Norway, on 2 October 1948. The disaster killed 19 people.[1] Among the survivors was the philosopher Bertrand Russell.


The flying boat was a Short Sandringham, registration LN-IAW and named Bukken Bruse after the fairy tale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff". The plane, operated by Det Norske Luftfartsselskap (now a part of SAS) was en route from Oslo Airport, Fornebu.

The weather upon landing in Hommelvika was poor, and the sea in the bay of Hommelvika was foaming white. When the plane was about to land in the water, it was hit by a wind gust, the pilots lost control of the aircraft, and the right wing float broke as it hit the water. The plane rolled over to the side and the front tipped onto the water.

The plane rapidly filled with water. Of the 45 people on board, 19 perished.[1] The survivors were all in the smoking compartment at the back of the plane, near the emergency exit.[citation needed]

Bertrand Russell's account[edit]

The 76 year-old philosopher Bertrand Russell was on the flight on his way to give a lecture to the local student society. He was seated at the rear of the smoking compartment. In an interview with Adresseavisen the day after the crash, he said that he was uncertain of what was happening after the jerk until the plane tipped over and water rushed in. In his autobiography he wrote that he had made sure to get a seat in the smoking compartment before the flight, saying that "If I cannot smoke, I shall die". Russell was hospitalized in a Trondheim hospital.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Accident description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 
  2. ^ The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell, p. 512