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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 265688
Last updated: 23 October 2021
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Date:23-MAY-1950
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic VAMP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Vampire Mk 3
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 17041
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chatham NB -   Canada
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Stn Chatham NB
Destination airport:RCAF Stn Chatham NB
Narrative:
A 421 Sqn pilot became lost on a local night VFR navigation training flight. Having finally determined where he was, the Vampire ran out of fuel at 30,000 ft. and 90 miles from the Chatham airfield. There had not been a successful bail out of an RCAF Vampire at that time, and considering the densely wooded terrain and sparse population, the pilot made the decision to glide to Chatham. Unfortunately, the aircraft stalled a few miles short of the runway and impacted a field and trees. The cockpit broke away but the pilot miraculously walked out with minor scratches. Vampire 17041 was written off.

Sources:

RCAF Accident Investigation Branch, Crash Comment, Apr-May-Jun 1950 (Pg 2)
421 Squadron History, Canada’s Wings, Pg 31
http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_Vampire_III.html


Revision history:

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20-Jul-2021 18:20 Cosmo Added

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