Accident description
Last updated: 22 December 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 16 September 1952
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.2
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WD492
C/n / msn: HP67/120
First flight: 1951
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) S of Northice Camp (   Greenland) show on map
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Destination airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Narrative:
The Hastings was dropping supplies near a scientific camp in Northern Greenland. After twelve successful paradrops, the aircraft positioned for free drops from a height of just 50 feet. The first drop was uneventful, but during the second drop, at a speed of 125 kts, the aircraft entered a white-out condition and one of the wings hit the ground. The airplane crash-landed at position 78.07 N, 38.10 W.

Classification:
Low visibility
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Hastings Bangs and Prangs and Splashes and Crashes
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings


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Distance from Thule Air Base to Thule Air Base as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

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.
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