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Last updated: 2 December 2020
Date:Thursday 15 January 1981
Time:ca 10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic ATLA model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
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
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:185 km (115.6 mls) W off Inner Hebrides (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Valkenburg Naval Air Station (LID/EHVB), Netherlands
Destination airport:?
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.

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


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