ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18063
Last updated: 1 December 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic AUS6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Auster AOP.6
Owner/operator:651 Squadron /1910 Flt Royal Air Force (651 Sqn /1910 Flt RAF)
Registration: VX106
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Barentu -   Eritrea
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Barentu, Eritrea
Destination airport:
When the UN discussed the future of territory, in 1950, matters became worse, and to better support the EPFF, the British were forced to deploy also No.1910 Flight, equipped with Auster AOP.6s, from Tripoli to Agordat and Barentu, to fly reconnaissance-, liaison- and supply sorties. Austers also acted as forward controllers, designating targets for Tempests. Brigand light bombers of No.8 Squadron, and Spitfire FR.18s of No.208 Squadron from Aden and Fayid, respectively, were deployed to Asmara in August of the same year, and their detachments remained in Eritrea until summer 1951. Spitfires were subsequently replaced by Meteor FR.Mk.9s, and these were very active in support role later in 1951.

During these operations, VX106 flew into hill attempting to climb out of the valley at Barentu, Eritrea, on 27/1/1951


Revision history:

17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
10-Nov-2012 14:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Jan-2013 13:32 Nepa Updated [Operator]
19-Mar-2021 18:37 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description