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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 18846
Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:01-APR-1949
Time:night
Type:Handley Page Halifax C.8
Owner/operator:Westminster Airways
Registration: G-AHDL
C/n / msn: 1308/SH.23C
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Schleswigland, Jagel, Schleswig-Holstein -   Germany
Phase: Landing
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:RAF Gatow, Berlin (GWW/EDBG)
Destination airport:RAF Schleswigland, Jagel, Schleswig-Holstein (ETNS)
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Halifax C.VIII PP224, c/n 1308 later SH.23C): Sold 18.9.1946 to Ministry of Supply & Aircraft Production, and Registered as G-AHDL, on 19.3.1946 (C of R 9961/1). Re-registered 18.9.1946 to BOAC (C of A 8161 issued 18.9.1946). Converted to the sixth HP.70 Halton (conversion number SH.23C) by Short Brothers. Delivered in September 1946 to BOAC named “Fitzroy”. C of A renewed 14.4.1947. Operated the London to Cairo service for six weeks then grounded due to hydraulic system failures. Last service 10-11.1.1948 Accra to London. Withdrawn from use and sold 27.5.1948 to Aviation Traders Ltd and cancelled 9.6.1948.

Registration reinstated 2.7.1948 to Aviation Traders Ltd., London (but probably operated out of Stansted Airport, Essex). Registration cancelled again 18.2.1949. Registration reinstated 23.2.1949 to Westminster Airways Ltd., London (but operated out of Blackbushe Airfield, Hampshire. G-AHDL was converted to a diesel tanker, and undertook ten sorties as such.

Written off 31.3.1949 (or 1.4.1949): The aircraft crashed on landing at RAF Schleswigland, Jagel, Schleswig-Holstein, West Germany, while performing a cargo flight from Gatow Airport in Berlin, taking part to the Berlin airlift ("Operation Planefaire"). According to the records held at the National Archives at Kew, the aircraft was in "contravention of Air Navigation (Consolidation) Order 1923" at the time of the crash (see link #4). The same source also gives the crash date as "March 31st 1949" (that is, the previous day), which implies that the crash was on the night of March 31st-April 1st 1949. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair while all three crew members were unhurt.

Registration G-AHDL cancelled by the CAA on 1.4.1949 (same day - or day after - the accident)

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1949/archives/crash-of-a-handley-page-h-p-70-halton-c-8-in-schleswig/]
2. http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/HistoricalMaterial/G-AHDL.pdf
3. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576641
4. http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576638
5. http://www.air-britain.com/pdfs/avw-sample2016.pdf
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westminster_Airways#Accidents_and_incidents
7. Merton Jones, A. (1972). British Independent Airlines since 1946, Volume One. UK: LAAS International page 83
8. http://blackbusheairport.proboards.com/post/728
9. http://halifax346et347.canalblog.com/archives/2014/12/26/31206409.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-May-2008 11:10 ASN archive Added
30-May-2010 12:09 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
10-Dec-2012 14:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
01-May-2014 17:56 TB Updated [Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 00:57 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 00:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 01:01 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 01:02 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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