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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161614
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Type:Fairey Gannet AS.6
Owner/operator:831 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XA472
MSN: F9325
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Ark Royal, South China Sea, en route to Singapore -   Singapore
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:HMS Ark Royal, off Singapore
Destination airport:HMS Ark Royal, off Singapore
On 4/9/1962, XA472 ("398"), a Gannet AS.6 of 831 Sqn FAA RN was written off when it struck the round-down of the ship during a night approach to HMS Ark Royal, while the carrier was operating in the Far East. (The carrier left Fremantle, Australia, on 30/8/1962, and arrived Singapore on 14/9/1962, to prepare for Exercise "Pintail" from 30/9/1962).

The port oleo of XA472 collapsed on landing on the carrier deck, and the aircraft slewed over the side of HMS Ark Royal into the sea. The main cause of the accident may have been the large movement of the carriers deck: as stated in the Ship's Log for this period "heavy swell caused all flying to be abandoned". Both crew were rescued by the Ark Royal SAR helicopter.



Revision history:

21-Oct-2013 17:38 Dr. John Smith Added
21-Oct-2013 18:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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