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Last updated: 19 November 2018
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Date:Wednesday 25 November 1953
Time:ca 13:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B170 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 170 Freighter 21E
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A81-2
C/n / msn: 12805
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:8 km (5 mls) SW of Mallala, SA (   Australia)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Mallala RAAF Base, SA, Australia
Destination airport:Mallala RAAF Base, SA, Australia
Narrative:
Crashed in a wheatfield after the mainplane separated in flight in instrument weather conditions.
The aircraft operated on a routine training mission.

Several month before the accident cordline cracks in the upper and lower wing surfaces caused the Bristol 170s of 34 Squadron to be grounded for inspections. They were declared serviceable by a technician from Bristol.

Classification:
Wing failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» The Canberra Times - 26 November 1953
» The Advertiser - 26 November 1953


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