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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155016
Last updated: 9 August 2020
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Date:27-NOV-1957
Time:16:15 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra PR.7
Owner/operator:13 Squadron Royal Air Force (13 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WT508
C/n / msn: 71365
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF stn Akrotiri -   Cyprus
Phase: Standing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (AKT/LCRA)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
WT508 was one of four Canberras (the others were WF886, WJ858 and WP514) that were destroyed in a hangar fire at Akrotiri, Cyprus on 27/11/1957 following a bomb explosion caused by EOKA guerrillas

The bombs, two of them, were placed inside the engines of two Canberra bomber jets. At about 16.15 the fuel tanks of the planes blew up. In a matter of seconds the flames engulfed the tin-made hangar, which was 130 metres long 20 metres high and housed 4 Canberra jets and one Venom.

The whole structure collapsed and was completely destroyed, together with all the planes and other material, consisting of plane motors and lathes. None of those who carried out this sabotage was ever arrested. This was the most destructive act of its kind in the history of the island and of England. The damage caused was estimated at 4.5 million pounds.

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1957.htm
http://web.archive.org/web/20140820102645/http://britains-smallwars.com:80/cyprus/war.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAF_Akrotiri#History


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Apr-2013 17:21 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Apr-2013 07:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]

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