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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21026
Last updated: 13 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.Mk 2
Owner/operator:Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
Registration: WH715
MSN: 71681
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Viney Bridge, South Street, Crewkerne, Somerset -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Boscombe Down Wiltshire (EGDM)
Destination airport:Boscombe Down, Wiltshire (EGDM)
The pilot, who was a student on No 27 Fixed Wing Course of the ETPS, was undertaking a series of tests to assess the asymmetric handling characteristics of the Canberra. This particular flight was to explore the safety speed at 2,000 feet. During the exercise the pilot lost control and the recovery was affected when the aircraft entered cloud at 1500 feet. The pilot ejected but was outside the seat limits and he was killed. The aircraft crashed into a bungalow garden opposite a petrol station in South Street, Crewkerne, Somerset

Pilot: Capitaine Jean G. Depui, French AF (flying solo) ejected too late and was killed.

Also killed was a would be rescuer on the ground, Mr. Charles Penman (aged 55) who had a heart attack.

Blazing fuel injured Mr. Ronald Meecham (aged 52) the proprietor of the garage and Mr. Arthur Hopkins (aged 40) who had called at the garage for petrol.


Revision history:

13-Jun-2008 01:13 JINX Added
30-Jul-2008 10:34 harro Updated
30-Jul-2008 10:44 Newforest Updated
31-Jul-2008 05:19 paulmcmillan Updated
01-Aug-2008 11:08 paulmcmillan Updated
04-Oct-2008 11:09 harro Updated
05-Apr-2013 15:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 15:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
05-Jan-2014 16:19 Bexb8 Updated [Location]
05-Jan-2014 16:27 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
04-Dec-2018 09:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
19-May-2019 18:49 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
21-Feb-2020 14:15 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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