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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154495
Last updated: 14 December 2019
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Date:25-JUN-1956
Time:morning
Type:Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5
Owner/operator:Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
Registration: WM968
C/n / msn: AWA.6006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Genova habour (GE) -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Eagle
Destination airport:Pisa
Narrative:
Two Sea Hawk FB.5s crashed into the sea seventeen minutes apart, after running out of fuel during bad weather and language problems with Pisa ATC while operating off HMS Eagle. Both aircraft were briefed to land at Pisa airfield but the US authorities had not informed the airfield of their intended arrival. WM968 was the first of the two to crash, and the pilot Cdr K. A. Leppard ejected.
Aircraft crashed near the harbour mole and parts fell on a house, injuring people.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20160423024448/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/SeaHawk.htm
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1956_06/19560626_0002.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Mar-2013 19:50 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Apr-2013 07:38 Nepa Updated [Operator]
11-Oct-2013 09:46 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Jul-2014 18:47 TB Updated [Operator]

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