ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152522
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Narrative:First flown 29 Oct 57; delivered to the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm 1 Apt 58, and issued to 824 NAS as "332/P".
|Type:||Westland Whirlwind HAS.7 (S-55T)|
|Owner/operator:||824 Sqn FAA RN|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||5 miles from HMS Victorious, in Mediterranean Sea off Malta -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||HMS Victorious off Malta|
|Destination airport:||HMS Victorious off Malta|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
Written off (damaged beyond repair) 6 Nov 58: a loud bang was heard from the engine while in a low hover into the Mediterranean Sea off Malta. XL838 headed back to HMS Victorious to make an emergency landing, but lost power and ditched five miles from the ship. The three crew were rescued, and XL838 sank into the Mediterranean Sea.
XL838 was formally struck off charge on 11 Dec 58
http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19501959/tabid/651/language/en-US/Default.aspx www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XL https://www.helis.com/database/cn/26681/
||Dr. John Smith
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