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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155033
Last updated: 30 November 2020
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Date:15-DEC-1970
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.(I) 8
Owner/operator:3 Sqn RAF
Registration: XM267
C/n / msn: 71626
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF stn Akrotiri -   Cyprus
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Laarbruch, Germany
Destination airport:RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (AKT/LCRA)
Narrative:
Written off 15/12/1970: Cartwheeled after the port wing struck the ground while on approach to Akrotiri, Cyprus. The crew were killed - The fatalities were F/O Ellis (pilot), Flying Officer R C M MacMillan and SAC K C Petty-Fitzmaurice.

Per eyewitness report:

"We were on detachment from RAF Laarbruch with 4 B(I)8 Canberra`s of 3 Sqn. The crash happened in front of our eyes as 2 Canberras came in to land after a sortie over the sea at RAF Akrotiri (Cyprus), and the 2nd Canberra was caught in the slipstream of the first Canberra and cartwheeld into the runway. 2 crew and passenger were killed. Crew were F/O Ellis and F/O MacMillan, Passenger was SAC Kim Petty-Fitzmaurice safety equipment officer on a "joy-ride".

It crashed across from the Air Traffic building into an area which was not easily acessible barbed wire etc. We lost 6 members of 3 Sqn in a short period:3 in the Canberra crash and 3 in 2 different motor accidents.

XM267 the aircraft in question was my aircraft for the first 2 weeks as an Airframe man. The previous night it ended up on another pan. Not a nice accident to watch as the cockpit area was complete after the crash but was consumed by the post crash fire.

The boss had warned the young guns about flying too close and getting Jet wash over the flight controls, sadly this happened

I personally was present.

J/T Terry Moore Nav. Inst. 3Sqn, RAF Laarbruch - Akrotiri."

Formally struck off charge as Cat.5(scrap) 1/4/1971

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1970.htm
2. http://www.voy.com/130994/396.html
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Aviation/Historical_anniversaries/December_in_aviation/December_15
4. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?45444-Cyprus-Canberra-crash
5. http://www.laarbruch-museum.net/ENG/Crashes/151270.html
6. http://www.bywat.co.uk/gallb8-4.html

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Nov 1961 XM266 3 Sqn RAF 2 West Manley, 2 miles E of Tiverton, Devon w/o


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Apr-2013 03:35 Dr. John Smith Added
13-Apr-2013 07:27 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
30-Jun-2013 10:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]

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