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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 180215
Last updated: 24 December 2020
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Date:10-JUN-1940
Time:12:15 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic L14 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hudson I
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 770
C/n / msn: B14L-1757
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newtonville, ON -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario
Destination airport:Toronto, Ontario
Narrative:
Lockheed Hudson, Serial 770, of the Air Force Headquarters Communications Flight, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, was tasked to fly Canada’s Defence Minister, Norman Rogers, from Ottawa to Toronto, Ontario. As the flight progressed, the crew pressed on into deteriorating weather, including low ceiling and poor visibility. It is thought that the pilot was trying to locate a safe landing site near Newtonville when the starboard wing struck some trees while it was making a 45 degree bank turn. The Hudson impacted the ground and disintegrated, instantly killing the three crew and the Defence Minister.

Investigation concluded that the pilot lost visual reference to the ground during a steep turn towards rising terrain without first gaining a safe altitude. A contributing factor was the fact that the Hudson had a tendency to experience some loss of control during a steep turn.

Lockheed Hudson MSN B14L-1757; RAF serial N7360; transferred directly to RCAF as 770, 31-JAN-1940.

Sources:

Correio da Manhã 11 June 1940, p5
https://www.durhamregion.com/opinion-story/3908771-the-newtonville-plane-crash-that-changed-canadian-history/
http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?1182-3-RCAF-deaths-10-06-1940-Canada
http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_751_800_detailed.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/usattack/a28_2.html
History: 412e Escadron de Transport: 412 (Transport) Squadron
http://www.santafe.gov.ar/hemerotecadigital/diario/18884/?page=4


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
06-Oct-2015 17:20 TB Added
05-Jul-2016 18:46 yukonjack Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2016 16:09 TB Updated [Location, Source]
25-Jan-2018 19:35 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
17-Jun-2020 18:54 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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