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Type:Silhouette image of generic LYNX model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Westland Lynx HAS3
Owner/operator:Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
Registration: XZ734
MSN: 213
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Gibraltar -   Gibraltar
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:HMS Hermoine (F58)
Destination airport:
Aircraft was spooled up at takeoff rpm awaiting suitable conditions. The ship rolled twice, pitching the aircraft onto two of three wheels before sitting back down. On the third occurrence, the aircraft remained on two wheels for 10-15 seconds, and it was during this period when the ship was hit on the underside of the hull by a large wave causing the deck restraining harpoon to sever. The aircraft pitched nose to the deck causing the entire rotor assembly to 'explode' sending debris across the immediate area and into the hangar. The aircraft slid across the deck, over the starboard railings and entered the water inverted, whereupon it sank with 3 crew members on board. All three crew escaped the sinking aircraft and were rescued by the ship's boat.

Eyewitness account.

Revision history:

11-Jan-2011 13:15 TB Added
11-Jan-2011 15:01 TB Updated [Operator]
12-Jan-2011 04:34 TB Updated [Operator]
03-Sep-2011 01:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Jun-2012 11:57 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Sep-2013 18:53 sushiguru Updated [Total occupants, Source, Narrative]
17-Sep-2013 08:07 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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