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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 240471
Last updated: 24 October 2021
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Type:Fairey Gannet AS Mk I
Owner/operator:703X Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WN348
MSN: F.9120
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Albion, English Channel, off coast of Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:HMS Albion, English Channel, off coast of Sussex
Destination airport:RNAS Ford, (HMS Peregrine) Yapton, West Sussex
Fairey Gannet AS.1 WN348: Built by Fairey Aircraft at Hayes, Middlesex, and first flown at White Waltham, Maidenhead, Berkshire. Delivered to the FAA RN (Fleet Air Arm Royal Navy) at HMS Peregrine, RNAS Ford, Yapton, Arundel, West Sussex on 15/3/1954. First issued for service 5/4/1954 to 703X Squadron, FAA RN at RNAS Ford. Assigned to handling, deck landing and take off trials aboard HMS Albion in the English Channel

Written off (destroyed) 25/8/1954: During deck trials on board HMS Albion, one engine failed (starboard engine compressor failure) and aircraft stalled during catapult launch. Aircraft ditched in the sea off the starboard bow. At the time of this incident, the carrier was in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex at co ordinates 50'12.65" N, 00'37.2"W. (Approximately off Littlehampton/Worthing area of West Sussex). Of the two crew, one was killed, one survived. Total flying time on airframe: 317.25 hours

Crew of Fairey Gannet AS.1 WN348:
Lieutenant Commander A.D.Cassidi, RN (pilot) - survived, rescued by the HMS Albion "plane guard" SAR (Search And Rescue) helicopter
Mr. P.D.Byrne (RAE Farnborough, Civilian Flight Test Observer) - killed on active service 25/8/1954


1. Fleet Air Arm Fixed Wing Aircraft Since 1946 (Ray Sturtivant et al, Air Britain, 2004 p,303)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File ADM 1/25346.

Revision history:

25-Aug-2020 23:44 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Aug-2020 08:53 Angel Dick one Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Operator]

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