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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 160775
Last updated: 9 October 2020
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Date:08-MAR-1946
Time:day
Type:Handley Page Halifax Mk III
Owner/operator:EANS Royal Air Force (EANS RAF)
Registration: PN387
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, off Europa Point, 6 miles South of Gibraltar -   Gibraltar
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF North Front, Gibraltar
Destination airport:London
Narrative:
Handley Page Halifax B.Mk.III PN387, EANS (Empire Air Navigation School): Written off (damaged beyond repair) 8 March 1946. Controls jammed on take-off, when the autopilot locked, aircraft abandoned & pilot ditched into the Mediterranean Sea, near the Trinity Lighthouse, Punta Europa (Europa Point), six miles south of RAF North Front, Gibraltar. Eight of the 13 crew bailed out, one rescued from the sea after ditching. There were four fatalities

The reported crash location of the Europa Point (Punta Europa) Lighthouse, also referred to as the Trinity Lighthouse at Europa Point and the Victoria Tower or La Farola in Llanito, is a lighthouse at Europa Point, on the southeastern tip of the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, on the southern end of the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, at approximate Coordinates: 36.109634N 5.344798W

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.34. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft PA100-RZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
3. El Tiempo 9 March 1946, p 9
4. https://www.baaa-acro.com/crash/crash-handley-page-hp61-halifax-biii-gibraltar-4-killed
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_Point_Lighthouse


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Sep-2013 17:06 JINX Added
22-Apr-2014 14:57 TB Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Oct-2019 19:36 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Nov-2019 16:06 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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