- Bukken Bruse disaster
Infobox Airliner accident|name=Bukken Bruse disaster
October 2, 1948
Type=Bad weather upon landing
Aircraft Type=Short Sandringham
Operator=Det Norske Luftfartselskap
The Bukken Bruse disaster was the crash of a
flying boatupon landing at Hommelvikain Malvikmunicipality, nearby Trondheim, Trøndelag, Norway, on October 2 1948. The disaster killed 19 people. 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 Fornebuby Oslo.
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 pontoon 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. The survivors were all in the smoking compartment at the back of the plane, near the emergency exit.
Bertrand Russell's account
The 74 year old philosopher
Bertrand Russellwas 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 Adresseavisenthe 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.
Aviation in Norway
* [http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19481002-0 Aviation safety.net entry on the disaster]
* [http://www.siteway.com/illustrations_bertrandrussell.php Link with the passage of Russell's account]
* [http://org.ntnu.no/ud/dusker/html/9613/russel.html Norwegian article about the crash]
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