Incident Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T) XL851, 06 Apr 1960
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164751
 
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Date:06-APR-1960
Time:
Type:Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T)
Owner/operator:824 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XL851
MSN: WA213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off HMS Ark Royal, Mediterranean Sea off Malta -   Malta
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Ark Royal, off Malta
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
On 06/04/1960, XL851 ("331") a Westland Whirlwind HAS7 of 824 NAS FAA RN crashed whilst operating off HMS Ark Royal. Whilst in a hover the engine noise increased, possibly due to transmission failure. The helicopter then moved left, lost height and ditched into the Mediterranean Sea off Malta. Two of the three crew were injured and all were rescued by another 824 NAS Whirlwind

Sources:

1. https://www.helis.com/database/cn/26693/
2. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19601969/tabid/652/language/en-US/Default.aspx
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
4. http://www.axfordsabode.org.uk/pdf-docs/arkroy44.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
18-Mar-2014 19:33 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Mar-2014 19:02 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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