Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 11 January 1955
Time:ca 21:00
Type:Avro Shackleton MR.2
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WG531
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1952-08-21 (2 years 5 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Griffon 57
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 9
Airplane damage: Missing
Airplane fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Fastnet Rock, Ireland (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:St Eval RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:St Eval RAF Station, United Kingdom
Narrative:
Two Avro Shackleton planes (WG531 and WL743) of RAF No. 42 Squadron departed RAF St Eval on a routine exercise off the Fastnet Rock, off Ireland.
The two aircraft left St Eval at 10:14 and 10:20 respectively to carry out a 15 hour patrol and search exercise. Although they left with just six minutes separation, radio messages were received indicating that the two captains had adjusted their separation and that up to 20:00 that night were flying at the prescribed 85 miles distance from one another.
From 20:58 all contact was lost. Both aircraft were missing and never found despite a three-day search. It is assumed that both aircraft collided.
More than 11 years later when the starboard outer engine of WL743 was trawled up off the southwest Irish coast, about 75 miles north of the assumed collision point.


Classification:
Missing
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Avro Shackleton / as compiled by Chris Ashworth
» VPI Book of Remembrance
» Avro Shackleton / by John Chartres


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Distance from St Eval RAF Station to St Eval RAF Station as the crow flies is NAN km (NAN 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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