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These damaged envelopes from Egypt to England and Israel to France were recovered from the Imperial Airways Short S23 C-Class plane COURTIER G-ADVC which landed very heavily on the sea at Phaleron Bay and burst open its hull before sinking shortly afterwards. Three passengers were drowned, four were injured, and four others and the crew were uninjured. The pilot was Captain E. Poole. The inquiry into this accident resulted in the compulsory fitting of seat belts in British aircraft.
The accident occurred on 1st October 1937 and several different cachets were applied in the countries of final destination. This top cover received both of the two types applied in violet to English mails. Two cachets were known to have been applied to mails addressed to France, but it is not clear why the lower registered cover received no markings pertaining to the crash. Both covers had stamps washed off.