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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21060
Last updated: 5 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra E Mk 15
Owner/operator:98 Squadron Royal Air Force (98 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WH973
C/n / msn: SH1698
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lobthorp, nr RAF Cottesmore, Rutland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire
Written off when crashed 05/10/1971: Rolled out of control and crashed at Lobthorpe, 3 miles from Cottesmore, Leicestershire. The crew of three all ejected safely:
F/O K. Woolford
F/Lt W.Woolley
F/O G.C.Edwards
WH973 was struck off charge the next day (06/10/1971) as Cat.5(c) and scrapped after recovery of components. The AIB/RAF., missed the fin during the post crash ground search, the detachment of which, at a critical point during the asymmetric/single engine approach caused the aircraft to crash. The fin was subsequently recovered a few years later from woods some 3 miles from the ground impact or crash site and remains as evidence in secure storage, to this day.


1. Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999

Revision history:

13-Jun-2008 11:48 JINX Added
08-Apr-2013 02:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jun-2013 18:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]
30-Sep-2013 10:54 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Narrative]
15-Aug-2014 14:50 Anon. Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
03-Aug-2017 18:40 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
03-Aug-2017 18:55 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
03-Aug-2017 19:26 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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