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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154498
Last updated: 30 January 2020
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Date:13-JUL-1956
Time:
Type:Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5
Owner/operator:897 Sqn RN FAA
Registration: WM916
C/n / msn: AWA.5968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Eagle, off Malta -   Malta
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Eagle, off Malta
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Written off 13.7.1956: Hawker Sea Hawk FB.5 WM916 '460' of 897 NAS Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm crashed whilst the carrier was off Malta sailing steadily towards the eastern Mediterranean. The catapult failed as WM916 was being launched and the jet plunged into the sea ahead of the ship.

The pilot, Lieutenant Lynn Middleton (later Rear Admiral) managed to exit his aircraft and swim to the surface. He was later rescued by Hal Far's Dragonfly helicopter.

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://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19501959/tabid/651/language/en-US/Default.aspx


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Mar-2013 21:10 Dr. John Smith Added
05-Apr-2013 07:41 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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