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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 27103
Last updated: 22 February 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune
Owner/operator:11 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A89-308
C/n / msn: 426-5087
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hawkesbury River, Cornwallis, near Richmond, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAAF Richmond, NSW
Destination airport:Richmond, NSW
Crashed 04/02/59 onto the banks of the Hawkesbury River at Cornwallis, Richmond, NSW, after a fire in the port engine nacelle, caused by the disintegration of the power recovery turbine wheel (PRT) for the engine. The disintegration of the PRT caused the severing of fuel lines inside the wheel well, which then ignited the fuel spewing out of the lines. The ensuing fire burned fiercely and before the aircraft could enter into an emergency landing pattern the fire burned through to the wing subsequently causing the wing to fail in-flight a short time later. All Crew died:

Squadron Leader Geoffrey Ronald Cullen O5830 (Pilot),
Squadron Leader Joseph Kevin McDonald O11350 AFC (Signaller),
Flt Lt Robert Alfred De-Russett-Kydd O23853 (Nav),
Flying Officer Frederick John Wood O2483 (Signaller),
Pilot Officer George Ivan Holmes O14395 (Co-Pilot),
Pilot Officer Terence Patrick O'Sullivan O23340 (Signaller),
W/Officer Vincent Joseph McCarthy A24672 (Signaller),
Flight Sgt John Michael Rock A213190 (Nav).

The accident occurred on the last flight prior to the aircraft going away for fitting of a pair of J-34 jet engines. A89-308 was thus the only RAAF aircraft not to receive the jets.


Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
21-Jan-2009 22:33 Updated
21-Jan-2009 22:35 harro Updated
01-Apr-2013 19:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 08:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Departure airport]
17-Apr-2013 07:30 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type]

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