Avro 504 E9431 of No.5 Flying Training School, Royal Air Force, crashed during take off from near Earl Sterndale on the 14th July 1922


F. Wright Captain Pilot


The pilot of the aircraft had originally taken off from Shotwick Aerodrome (later re-named RAF Sealand) near Chester he was forced to land at Fairfield Common on the north eastern edge of Buxton due to engine trouble. This was soon fixed and Capt Wright took off and headed south, after being airborne for only a short time the aircraft’s engine again began to falter, he landed the aircraft in a field near Earl Sterndale and carried out further repairs and attempted to take off again.  Barely airborne he found the engine was not producing enough power to keep him aloft and had insufficient room left in the field to stop safely and crashed into a wall.

The aircraft was later removed by road.