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Accident description
Last updated: 28 May 2016
Date:Wednesday 25 June 1952
Type:Avro Shackleton MR.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VP261
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Griffon 57
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) off Berwick-upon-Tweed (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Scampton RAF Station (SQZ/EGXP), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Scampton RAF Station (SQZ/EGXP), United Kingdom
The Shackleton was carrying out dummy attacks on British submarine HMS Sirdar, during 'Exercise Castanets' in the North Sea. It lost height in a turn, contacted the sea and crashed.

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» The Avro Shackleton / as compiled by Chris Ashworth
» VPI Book of Remembrance


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