Narrative:Lancastrian G-AHWJ took off from RAF Wunsdorf at 14:56 for a flight to Tarrant Rushton to undergo a periodic maintenance inspection. The airplane strayed about 24 miles off course while homing in on an incorrect beacon. It struck trees on a hill, crashed and caught fire.
|Date:||22 NOV 1948|
|Type:||Avro 691 Lancastrian 3|
|C/n / msn:|| RSLB127336|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 8 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Conholt Park (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Departure airport:||Wunstorf RAF Station (ETNW), Germany|
|Destination airport:||Tarrant Rushton RAF Station, United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of the aircraft striking trees while being flown at a low altitude in conditions of poor visibility. The reason for the deviation from track cannot be determined, but it seems probable that the aircraft was being 'homed' on the Netheravon Beacon."
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.