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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 22 July 1953
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: TG613
C/n / msn: HP67/91
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:224 km (140 mls) off Idris, Libya (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Destination airport:Habbaniya RAF Station, Iraq
Narrative:
Three engines failed over the Mediterranean Sea, some 90 minutes after departure. The pilot was forced to ditch the plane, during which both wings were ripped off. The passengers and crew were picked up by a ship. Six occupants were injured in the accident. Oil 'gulping' of the engines seemed to be possible reason for the three engines to fail one after the other.

Classification:
Ditching

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 Tripoli-Castel Benito Airport to Habbaniya RAF Station as the crow flies is 2807 km (1755 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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