1949 Exhall mid-air collision
|Date||19 February 1949|
|Site||Exhall, Warwickshire, United Kingdom
|Total injuries (non-fatal)||0|
|Operator||British European Airways|
|Flight origin||Northolt Airport, England, United Kingdom|
|Destination||Glasgow-Renfrew Airport, Scotland, United Kingdom|
|Type||Avro Anson T21|
|Operator||Royal Air Force|
|Flight origin||RAF Middleton St. George, United Kingdom|
|Destination||RAF Middleton St. George, United Kingdom|
The Exhall mid-air collision happened on Saturday 19 February 1949 over the village of Exhall when a British European Airways Douglas DC-3 / Douglas Dakota collided in clear weather with a Royal Air Force Avro Anson T21.
The Dakota was on a flight from Northolt Airport near London to Glasgow-Renfrew Airport in Scotland. With a crew of four it was carrying six passengers, and had taken off from Northolt at 09:13 hr. The Royal Air Force Avro Anson T21 was being operated by No. 2 Air Navigation School on a cross-country training exercise from RAF Middleton St. George.
The two aircraft collided at 4500 ft near the village of Exhall, near Coventry in Warwickshire. The wreckage fell near an old peoples' home, the Exhall Lodge Hospital. There were no survivors.
Although the weather at the time of the crash was clear, the accident investigation concluded that the crew of neither aircraft saw each other, possibly due to glare from the sun, and blamed the accident on a failure on the part of both captains to keep a proper look-out for other aircraft.