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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64777
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Date:10-APR-1978
Time:11:15 LT
Type:Westland Scout AH.1
Owner/operator:655 Sqn AAC
Registration: XV132
MSN: F9707
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lough Neagh, Northern Ireland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Belfast Aldergrove Airport
Destination airport:Ballykimler
Narrative:
The Scout took off from Aidergrove Airport soon after 11 a.m. on April 16 1978 to fly to the Army camp at Ballykimler, County Down, a trip which should have taken about half an hour. There were westerly winds and snow squalls over Ulster on that day.

The helicopter was under civil ATC from Aldergrove's CAA-manned tower and is thought to have crashed within a few minutes of take-off and while still inside the airport control zone.

The wreckage was found next day in 35ft of water in Lough Neagh, only 150 yards from the shore and about four miles from the take-off point. The bodies of the two occupants were recovered from the lake.

Both of the two occupants the Army pilot (Captain Kett) and a seventeen-year-old cadet - were killed in the crash.

Sources:

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westland_Scout#Accidents_and_Incidents
2. https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1978/1978
3. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XV
4. http://qra-magazin.de/army-air-corps-in-deutschland/?n=Artikel/Army-Air-Corps-AAC-In-Germany


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jun-2011 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants]
14-Jun-2011 22:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
30-Oct-2011 02:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
02-Nov-2011 17:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
25-Sep-2012 02:43 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 12:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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