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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161687
Last updated: 2 March 2020
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Date:20-MAR-1961
Time:
Type:Westland Whirlwind HAS.7
Owner/operator:737 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XL876
C/n / msn: WA/226
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, 3 miles off Portland Harbour Breakwater, Dorset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Portland, Dorset (EGDP)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 20/03/1961,XL876 ("PO-772") a Whirlwind HAS.7 of 737 Sqn FAA RN, ditched into the English Channel three miles off Portland Harbour breakwater, Dorset after the sonar gear caught fire in the rear cabin while dunking. The three crew were rescued and the helicopter was salvaged and went to the AIU at Lee-on-Solent for investigation

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1961.htm
2. https://www.helis.com/database/cn/26705/
3. http://dorset.hampshireairfields.co.uk/dorcrash.html
4. http://www.raf.mod.uk/rafsubaqua/rafcms/mediafiles/04F90D75_5056_A318_A85893C085315C27.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Oct-2013 23:38 Dr. John Smith Added

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