Incident Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 (S-55) XK989, 26 Feb 1957
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Type:Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 (S-55)
Owner/operator:22 Squadron Royal Air Force (22 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XK989
MSN: WA/145
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thorney Creek, 1 mile off Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire
Destination airport:RAF Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Westland Whirlwind HAR.2, XK989, first flown: 14 November 1956, delivered to the Royal Air Force as XK989, 3 December 1956, to 22 Squadron at RAF Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire.

Written off (damaged beyond economic repair) 26 February 1957 when lost height during winching exercise and ditched into Thorney Creek, one mile off Thorney Island, Emsworth, Hampshire. All three crew survived uninjured.

Struck off charge as Cat.5(gi) 16 April 1957, and to 7415M as a ground instructional airframe at RAF Halton


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.188 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p.53)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.234
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/384:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/36/S2867:

Revision history:

13-Jan-2013 14:55 Dr. John Smith Added
04-Feb-2013 10:21 Nepa Updated [Operator]
23-Jan-2020 18:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Jan-2020 18:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
23-Jan-2020 18:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Source]
23-Jan-2020 22:49 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Operator]
29-Jul-2020 19:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]

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