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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164704
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:15-MAR-1960
Time:night
Type:de Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22
Owner/operator:894 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XG723
C/n / msn: 121124
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Mediterranean Sea, 7 miles SE of Hal Far, Malta -   Malta
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Hal Far, Malta
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 15/03/1960, XG614 ("A-491) and XG723 ("A-490"), two DeHavilland Sea Venom FAW.22s of 894 NAS FAA RN crashed while operating off RNAS Hal Far; the two aircraft collided and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea 7 miles south east of Hal Far, Malta

Of the four crew (two per aircraft), two ejected safely: Lt. R. W. N. Riley (pilot) and S/Lt J. D. Brown (observer) ejected at 6,000ft at 210 knots, and suffered slight injuries. Both crew were rescued by the sea boat from HMS Ark Royal.

The other two crew members were killed:
LOE, Richard J, Act/Sub Lieutenant (Pilot)
SMYTH, Alexander G, Act/Sub Lieutenant (Observer)

It can be surmised that the pilot of one Sea Venom and the observer of the other were killed. However it is not yet clear which crew member was in which aircraft.

894 Squadron FAA RN was shore-based at Hal-Far, Malta, from HMS Albion in March 1960 for a ten day detachment with several other similar types. Note that some sources quote the date of the accident at March 11th not the night of March 14th/15th

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194401/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1960.htm#jan
3. http://894rnsquadron.homestead.com/page5.html
4. http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19601969/tabid/652/language/en-US/Default.aspx
5. http://www.axfordsabode.org.uk/pdf-docs/albion23.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Mar-2014 22:43 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Mar-2014 18:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]
07-Mar-2018 12:45 Wookeynick Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Damage, Narrative]

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