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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20521
Last updated: 26 January 2020
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Date:09-APR-1956
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:Bristol Siddeley Engines
Registration: WD952
C/n / msn: 71034
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cribbs Causeway, Bristol, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Filton Airfield, Bristol (FZO/EGTG)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Olympus testbed: Suffered port engine failure at 50 ft on take off from Filton, Bristol due to compressor blade failure. Force landed wheels up at Cribbs Causway and struck an oak tree which tore off the port wing, undercarriage and elevators, leaving the remainder of the airframe severely damaged. The crew escaped unhurt.

Wreckage later (by September 1956) broken up at Colerne after completion of accident investigation procedures. This aircraft had gained the world height record on two occasions: 63,668 ft on 4th May 1953 and 65,876 ft on 29th August 1955.

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999
https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1269851
http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/airpic1/FnbCD/Fnb55/5512.htm
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1953/1953


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
03-Jun-2008 16:17 JINX Added
23-Oct-2011 15:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2012 14:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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