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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 23 May 1940
Type:Armstrong Whitworth AW.27 Ensign
Operator:Imperial Airways
Registration: G-ADTA
C/n / msn: AW.1165
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lympne (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Merville Airport (HZB/LFQT), France
Destination airport:London-Croydon Airport (-/-), United Kingdom
Narrative:
On 23 May 1940, Armstrong Whitworth Ensign G-ADTA "Euryalus" crash-landed at RAF Lympne and was damaged. The aircraft was one of six that escaped after a Luftwaffe raid on Merville Airfield, France. The intended destination was Croydon. Approaching the English coast, first she lost her port inner engine and the pilot set course for RAF Hawkinge. A short time later her starboard inner engine also had to be shut down. The pilot changed course for Lympne. On landing, the starboard undercarriage was not fully down, causing the wing to scrape the ground and the aircraft to go through a fence as no braking was attempted. Euryalus was flown to RAF Hamble in June, but it was decided to cannibalise her to repair G-ADSU Euterpe which had been damaged in an accident at Bonnington on 15 December 1939. Euryalus was officially written off on 15 November 1941 and scrapped in September 1942.

Sources:
» Aeroplane, October 2011


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Distance from Merville Airport to London-Croydon Airport as the crow flies is 208 km (130 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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