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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 162582
Last updated: 11 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.21
Owner/operator:894 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: WW147
C/n / msn: 12792
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:HMS Albion, Mediterranean Sea off Gibraltar -   Gibraltar
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:HMS Albion, Western Mediterranean
Destination airport:HMS Albion, Western Mediterranean
On 10/02/1960, WW147 ("A-489") a DeHavilland Sea Venom FAW.21 of 894 Squadron FAA RN was written off when it ditched into the Mediterranean immediately ahead of HMS Albion following engine failure after a catapult launch. Cause was probably fuel pump failure and flame out. Both crew - Lt G Stanley and Lt J S Sturgeon - ejected.

Lt. Sturgeon (pilot) ejected safely at 50 feet and 120 knots. Lt. G. Stanley (observer) suffered slight injury after he ejected underwater at 0 knots. Second-ever ejection underwater with use of Martin-Baker Mk. 4 ejector seat.

WW147 was the third aircraft to crash on or near HMS Albion in two days, following the crash of Skyraider AEW.1 WV189 and Whirlwind HAS.7 XL850 the day before (February 9th)



Revision history:

02-Dec-2013 18:26 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Feb-2014 15:09 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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