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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164650
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Date:26-APR-1960
Time:Mid day
Type:Fairey Gannet AEW.3
Owner/operator:C(A)/ Bristol Siddeley Engines
Registration: XJ440
MSN: F,9431
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cribbs Causeway, near Bristol, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Filton, Bristol (EGTG/FZO)
Destination airport:Filton, Bristol (FZO/EGTG)
Narrative:
On 26/04/1960, XJ440, the prototype Fairey Gannet AEW3, on loan to Bristol Siddeley Engines, was written off when, on the base leg of the landing approach to Filton Airfield, in single-engine flight, the aircraft stalled and spun to the ground at Cribbs Causeway, Gloucestershire. All three civilian crew were killed:

Mr R. Hazelhurst, Bristol Siddeley Engines Test Pilot;
Mr P. Field, Bristol Siddeley Engines Flight Test Officer;
Mr E. Potter, Bristol Siddeley Engines Flight Test Officer;

At the time of the crash, the aircraft was being used by Bristol Siddeley Engines for assessment of the Double Mamba oil system in single-engine configuration

Sources:

1. http://www.thunder-and-lightnings.co.uk/memorial/entry.php?id=263
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
3. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578750
4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairey_Gannet_AEW.3#Production
5. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1958/1958-1-%20-%200289.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Mar-2014 22:52 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Feb-2017 07:44 Adrian Updated [Time]

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