Incident Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T) XL871, 23 Oct 1958
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Date:23-OCT-1958
Time:
Type:Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T)
Owner/operator:820 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XL871
MSN: WA/221
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, 80 miles W of Malta -   Mediterranean Sea
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Albion
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
First flown 14 May 58; delivered to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm 29 May 58, and issued to 820 NAS as "324/W"

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 23 Oct 58: ditched into the Mediterranean Sea eighty miles west of Malta* while operating from HMS Albion. Water was induced into the air intake whilst in a hover near to the crest of a swell causing the engine to lose power. The three crew were rescued by Whirlwind HAS.7 XK938

(*HMS Albion left Portsmouth 16/10/1958 arrived Malta 26/10/1958; left for Port Said, Egypt 28/10/1958, arrived Port Said 31/10/1958)

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19501959/tabid/651/language/en-US/Default.aspx
2. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XL
3. https://www.helis.com/database/model/Westland-Whirlwind/
4. http://www.rjerrard.co.uk/royalnavy/chicrn/chicrn.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jan-2013 10:42 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Jan-2013 10:58 Nepa Updated [Operator]
07-Oct-2013 23:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
07-Oct-2013 23:47 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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