12th April 1954

A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport

A Guernsey driver had a lucky escape in 1954 when an incoming aircraft hit the roof of his car.

Frank Le Fevre, of St Saviours, was driving along one of the roads that bordered the airport property when the wheels of the plane, which was landing at the time, collided with him.

Unknown location

News reports of the time don’t mention which road he was on. However, depending on the direction of the wind, it’s fair to assume it was either La Villaize Road or Route de Plaisance as they pass either end of the runway. The former is by far the more likely. Route de Plaisance is further from the end of the current landing strip, and the runway, which was grass at the time of the collision, was shorter than it is now.

The plane was a de Havilland Rapide, operated by British European Airways, under the control of Captain P Loat. He had six passengers onboard at the time, none of whom were injured.

Damaged car and plane

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for either the plane itself or Mr Le Fevre’s car. The aircraft was slightly damaged underneath, and the car suffered a dented roof and smashed windscreen. Mr Le Fevre suffered cuts to his head as a result.

British European Airways no longer exists. It merged with BOAC, the British Overseas Aiways Corporation, on 31 March 1974. The combined group is now British Airways.


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Other events that occured in April

Guernsey’s first female murderer goes on trial 1st
A French fisherman is arrested and escorted to St Peter Port 2nd
Guernsey’s new population law comes into force 3rd
Guernsey’s oldest resident dies, aged 110 4th
An occupation-era minefield is discovered at L’Ancresse 5th
Birth of Stone de Croze, the original Guernseyman 6th
The first ever Guernsey stamp is issued 7th
Antiquarian William Collings Lukis was born 8th
Guernsey hosts its first Parkrun at Pembroke 9th
Alderney residents lined the coast to watch Titanic pass 10th
Norfolk pupils spend a week in Guernsey 11th
A plane hit a car while landing at Guernsey Airport 12th
Battery Mirus was test fired for the first time 13th
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry fights at Ypres 14th
Guernsey Mormon Sampson Avard dies in Illinois 15th
Lieutenant Governor, Lord Ruthven, died in Bath 16th
Death of the Vicar General of the Channel Islands 17th
TV’s Jeeves is rushed to hospital on Guernsey 18th
Guernsey Airport’s new terminal opened for business 19th
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie film opened 20th
Death of Guernsey-born footballer Len Duquemin
Three Jewish women are deported from Guernsey 21st
Guernsey bigamist got married for the second time 22nd
Aurigny pilot Ray Bowyer spots a UFO near Alderney 23rd
The States of Guernsey registers the gov.gg domain 24th
Guernsey-set film The Sea Devils hits cinemas 25th
Hydrofoil Condor 1 completed its final sea trials 26th
The first Muratti football match takes place 27th
Guernsey passengers stage a ferry sit-in 28th
Guernsey abolishes the death penalty for murder 29th
Finishing touches put to new hospital 30th
Murder suspects steal visitor’s boat from St Peter Port