Incident Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T) XL897, 10 Apr 1960
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Date:10-APR-1960
Time:
Type:Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T)
Owner/operator:815 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XL897
MSN: WA236
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Albion, off Singapore -   Singapore
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Albion, off Singapore
Destination airport:HMS Albion, off Singapore
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
On 10/04/1960, XL897 ("A-302") a Westland Whirlwind HAS7 of 815 Squadron FAA RN was written off when it ditched into the sea off Singapore following loss of power, shortly after take off from HMS Albion. The three crew were rescued by the plane guard helicopter and the wreck was not recovered

According to the Squadron Diary/Operational Record Book, and the ships log of HMS Albion: "From Aden we went direct to Singapore...however, shortly before our arrival at Singapore, another of our aircraft was lost to the sea, but happily the crew got out safely"

XL897's service on board HMS Albion was for just under two months, having joined the carrier at Malta as a replacement for XL850 (which had ditched on 10/02/1960 - which see)

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
2. https://www.helis.com/database/cn/26714/
3. http://www.axfordsabode.org.uk/pdf-docs/albion26.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Dec-2013 18:56 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Feb-2014 14:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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