Tin Toys — April 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

Tin Toy Corner: The 1902 Catastrophe of the Pax Dirigible

By Renaud Fournier (rfournier1900@live.com)

On May 12th, 1902 the Brazilian inventor Augusto Severo de Albuquerque Maranhão and his mechanic, M. Saché, set off in Severo’s dirigible, the Pax.

Their intent was to fly from Paris to Issy-les-Moulineaux. However, while the aeronauts were still over Paris at about 400 meters’ altitude, tragedy struck and the motor stopped. The dirigible exploded and crashed down onto the streets of Paris. Both Severo and Saché were killed and the crash made headlines in all the Paris newspapers.

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