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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20747
Last updated: 10 October 2019
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Date:21-JAN-1960
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra PR.3
Owner/operator:39 Squadron Royal Air Force (39 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WF926
C/n / msn: 71247
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mediterranean Sea, 19 miles ENE of Luqa -   Malta
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Luqa, Malta
Destination airport:RAF Luqa, Malta
Narrative:
Crashed and destroyed 21/1/1960 when flew into the Mediterranean Sea, 19 miles East North East of Luqa. Malta, on a GCA approach at night. There were 2 fatalities. The search for the crew was called off on the 24th.

Per eyewitness report: 'I did the pre-flight on this aircraft, so I had to go before a "Board of Enquiry". It was put down to pilot error. I remember they were doing blind instrument flying that fateful day, so the pilot had to cover his visor so he couldn't look through the cockpit canopy. So whether his instruments were faulty or he misread them we shall never know. They were a very popular crew, we said why them!'.

Sources:

http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1960.htm
http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19601969/tabid/652/language/en-US/Default.aspx
https://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/101153-raf-canberra-losses-malta.html
http://www.na3t.org/images/photos/air/MIL28010.jpg


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Jun-2008 12:54 JINX Added
04-Apr-2013 17:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 14:30 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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