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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64949
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Time:13:47 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LYNX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Lynx AH7
Owner/operator:847 NAS RN
Registration: XZ614
MSN: 161
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Basra -   Iraq
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Basra Air Station (BAS)
Destination airport:Basra Air Station (BAS)
On Sat 06 May 06, a Lynx AH Mk7 XZ614 of 847 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) Detachment (Det), assigned to the Joint Helicopter Force (Iraq) (JHF(I)) based at Basra Air Station (BAS), was conducting a local area recce overhead Basra city. The aircraft exploded in mid-air and crashed onto the rooftop of a residential building in the centre of Basra. The 5 occupants of the aircraft were fatally injured.

Evidence from witness statements suggested that the aircraft had been struck by a ground-launched weapon, resulting in a mid-air explosion emanating from the starboard rear quarter of the aircraft, between the fuselage and the tail pylon. This partially severed the tail pylon leaving it loosely attached to the fuselage. The aircraft was engulfed by a fireball and plummeted to the ground. On impacting the ground, the wreckage burned for approximately 45 minutes before being extinguished by the local Iraqi Fire Service.

Following consideration of all the evidence, including witness statements and subject matter expert advice, the Board of Inquiry concluded that the main cause of the crash was a hostile Surface-to-Air Missile attack.

Sources: (part-redacted version of the Board of Inquiry report)


Photo of XZ614 courtesy

Amsterdam - Schiphol (EHAM / AMS)
31 March 2004; (c) Beau

Revision history:

06-Jun-2010 06:23 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Dec-2010 15:43 TB Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
12-Jan-2011 03:27 TB Updated [Operator]
31-Aug-2011 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Sep-2011 22:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source]
03-Sep-2011 23:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]
26-Jun-2012 10:27 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
06-May-2016 12:19 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2018 17:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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