Accident description
Last updated: 16 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 15 January 1981
Time:ca 10:30
Type:Breguet SP-13A Atlantic
Operator:Marine Luchtvaart Dienst (MLD)
Registration: 255
C/n / msn: 62
First flight:
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Tyne RTy.20 Mk 21
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:185 km (115.6 mls) W off Inner Hebrides (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Valkenburg NAS (LID/EHVB), Netherlands
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Dutch Marine Atlantic reconnaissance plane was shadowing the Soviet Navy carrier Kiev in foul weather, with 30ft waves and blizzard conditions. The Atlantic's crew transmitted a Mayday at 09:58. They were not able to maintain height. It was forced to ditch 113 miles west of the Inner Hebrides about half an hour later. The Atlantic had suffered control problems after the failure of a control rod in the horizontal stabilizer.
Nine survivors were rescued by RAF Sea King helicopter about two hours after the crash.


Sources:
» Leeuwarder Courant 15-1-1981
» Piloot en Vliegtuig, Januari 2005
» Flight International, 24 January 1981


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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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