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Narrative:First flown: 26 Nov 55, delivered to the Royal Air Force as XJ730, 8 Dec 55, and issued to 22 Squadron.
|Type:||Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 (S-55T)|
|Owner/operator:||22 Squadron Royal Air Force (22 Sqn RAF)|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||North Sea, 600 yards off Crane Pier, Felixstowe, Suffolk -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||RAF Felixstowe, Suffolk|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 15 May 58: the engine lost power during winching practice 600 yards off Crane Pier, Felixstowe, Suffolk. The winch operator abandoned the aircraft when 10ft above the water. The engine then cut in but as the aircraft climbed away the pilot misused the cyclic control and the main rotor struck and removed the tail rotor. The winchman fell into the water and later died from his injuries. The pilot was seriously injured when the aircraft fell into the water. The cause of the accident was attrbuted to fuel starvation
1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.196 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 50)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/400: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424521
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/38/S2916: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578696
||Dr. John Smith
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source]|