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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28527
Last updated: 15 December 2018
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Type:Handley Page Halifax C.8
Owner/operator:Eagle Aviation Ltd
Registration: G-AIAP
C/n / msn: 1354
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles from Dum Dum Airport, Calcutta, West Bengal -   India
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Calcutta/Dum-Dum (CCU/VECC)
Destination airport:Tengah, Singapore
First Flown 21.4.1945 for RAF as Halifax C.VIII PP281. C of A prepared 22.8.1946 but not issued. Registered 2.9.46 as G-AIAP to BOAC, Aldermaston but Not Taken Up, and operated on loan in RAF marks as PP281 without C of A. Returned 25.4.1947 to the RAF as PP281 and cancelled same date. Sold 29.9.1948 to Airtech Ltd, Thame. Flew with Eagle Aviation after purchase from Airtec 14.2.1949. This aircraft was used by Eagle on the Berlin Airlift and for ad-hoc cargo charters to the Middle and Far East

Crashed 25.11.1950 on take-off from Dun Dum Airport, Calcutta, West Bengal, India. Came down three miles from the airport. Two of the six persons on board were killed in the post-crash fire that destroyed the aircraft and its cargo. The crew members were:

Pilot Captain Harold Watkins (Injured)
Co-Pilot George Ford
Flight Engineer John Stoney (killed)
Radio Operator Dennis Carter (killed)
Navigator Peter Osborne
Engineer Ronald Smith

UK civil registration G-AIAP formally cancelled by the CAA on 25.11.1950 as "destroyed in crash at Dum Dum near Calcutta"


3. (file Reference: BT 220/32 and BT220/33)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
03-Jun-2010 11:52 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
07-Dec-2012 06:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Apr-2013 09:02 Red Eagle Updated [[Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]]
17-Dec-2013 17:34 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
28-Jan-2014 19:49 TB Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2017 21:14 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2017 01:29 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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