ASN Aircraft accident Handley Page Hastings C.2 WD492 Northice Camp
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Status:
Date:Tuesday 16 September 1952
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.2
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WD492
MSN: HP67/120
First flight: 1951
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Northice Camp (   Greenland)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Destination airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Narrative:
The Hastings was dropping supplies near a scientific camp in Northern Greenland. After twelve successful paradrops, the aircraft positioned for free drops from a height of just 50 feet. The first drop was uneventful, but during the second drop, at a speed of 125 kts, the aircraft entered a white-out condition and one of the wings hit the ground. The airplane crash-landed at position 78.07 N, 38.10 W.
Three injured were air-lifted by a Grumman Albatross; the remaining nine survivors were rescued later.

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Hastings Bangs and Prangs and Splashes and Crashes
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 26 September 1952, p1


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