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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18103
Last updated: 30 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS9 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP.9
Owner/operator:653 Sqn AAC
Registration: XP240
C/n / msn: B5/10/148
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Amriga, Aden -   Yemen
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Amriga, Aden
Destination airport:
Written off on 30/5/1963 when force-landed onto the side of a wadi after take off from Amriga, Aden when the pilot realised that he would be unable to clear a ridge ahead of him.

A recovery party was sent to locate and strip down the aircraft, ready for it to be recovered by air, as an underslung load, underneath a Bristol Belvedere twin-rotor helicopter. (XG457 was the exact aircraft used)

XP240’s bad day was not over. When the Belvedere reached approx. 50/60 feet above ground, the RAF dropped the aircraft. When the helicopter finally landed, the crew explained that they had an open mic intercom system with throat mics.

So when the Loadmaster coughed, the Pilot thought that he had said “Cut” so he released the load. The tail feathers of the Auster flexed down resembling an F4 Phantom, and XP240 was destroyed after impacting the ground, as a wingless fuselage, from 60 feet...


Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
24-Dec-2012 13:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
01-May-2013 17:15 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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