Accident
Last updated: 20 August 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 9 November 1971
Time:ca 05:41
Type:Lockheed HerculesáC.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: XV216
C/n / msn: 4243
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 46 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:7 km (4.4 mls) W off Pisa (   Italy) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Destination airport:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Narrative:
Ten RAF transport aircraft were engaged in the "Cold Stream" exercise at Pisa, Italy in November 1971. The aircraft were flying missions carrying Italian paratroopers.
Lockheed Hercules XV216, "Chalk 4", contacted the surface of the sea and crashed, shortly after takeoff from Pisa Airport (PSA). The airplane was number three in a wave of nine Hercules planes bound for the Villacidro Dropzone, Sardinia.
It came down about 19 km from the runway end and 7 km off shore.


Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Marco Riva
» Wikipedia - Tragedia della Meloria


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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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