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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25528
Last updated: 2 September 2019
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Date:25-MAY-1960
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic cnsl model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airspeed AS.65 Consul
Owner/operator:Spantax SA
Registration: EC-AJV
C/n / msn: 4339
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Atlantic Ocean, 40 nautical miles South of Las Palmas, Canary Islands -   Spain
Phase: En route
Nature:Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hassan I Airport, El Aaiun, Western Sahara (EUN/GMML)
Destination airport:Las Palmas, Canary Islands (SPC/GCLA)
Narrative:
Airspeed AS.65 Consul c/n 4339 (ex RAF Oxford PK287). First civil registered 25.9.46 as G-AIKO to Airspeed Ltd. Re-registered 11.11.46 to Chartair Ltd, Thame, Oxfordshire. C of A 8609 issued 5.12.46. Re-registered 25.11.50 to W.A. Rollason Ltd, Croydon.

Re-registered as TJ-ABE 1.12.50 to Air Jordan. Reverted to G-AIKO 17.8.53 to Aerocontacts Ltd, Gatwick [although seen still marked as TJ-ABE at Gatwick in December 1953]. Registration cancelled as "sold to Spain" 12.5.54.

Registered EC-AJV 31.5.54 to Aerotechnica SA, Madrid. Re-registered [in March 1960] to Aero Taxis de Espana SA [SPANTAX], Madrid.

Written off (destroyed) when ditched 40 miles South of Las Palmas, Canary Islands 25.5.60; all four person on board (pilot & 3 passengers) were rescued. According to a rough translation of a published report (see link #6 for the original Spanish text):

"This aircraft was acquired in Great Britain by Aerotécnica, as G-AIKO and registered in Spain as EC-AJV. On October 5, 1959, Rodolfo Bay Wright acquired what he founded Aero-Taxis of Spain later Spantax (Spanish-Taxi). With this airplane, he begins to fly throughout the Spanish Sahara, for the French and American companies engaged in the exploration of oil in that territory. It flew to Tindouf in Algeria. This airplane got into difficulties when suffering an engine failure while returning to Gando from El Aaiún, 40 nautical miles of the coast of Gran Canaria, this happened on the 25th of May of 1960.

Two of the four people on board, the Pilot, Tino Rubio, and an American passenger, Mr. Brennan, head of a prospecting camp, were rescued by a SAR helicopter, a Sikorsky S-55. With certain difficulties when the hoisting crane fails. The injured passengers were brought ashore from the hoisting cable, fortunately unharmed. The pilot Tino Rubio was picked up by a German cargo ship that transported him to Puerto de la Luz."

Sources:

1. http://www.ab-ix.co.uk/airspeed%20oxford%20&%20consul.pdf
2. http://www.na3t.org/air/photo/BSX00141
3. http://www.freewebs.com/spantax/fleet.htm
4. http://www.angelfire.com/ct/edlind/fleet2.html
5. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1960/archives/crash-of-an-airspeed-as-65-consul-in-las-palmas/]
6. http://www.aviationcorner.net/gallery_en.asp?registration=EC-AJV
7. https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AIKO.pdf
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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
07-Dec-2011 08:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-May-2017 00:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-May-2017 22:16 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source]
10-May-2017 22:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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