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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21150
Last updated: 31 January 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:45 Squadron Royal Air Force (45 Sqn RAF)
Registration: WJ983
C/n / msn: R3/EA3/6608
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pontian, Johore. -   Malaysia
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Butterworth, Malaya
Destination airport:Tengah, Singapore
Collided with Canberra WH882 in formation in cloud and crashed at Pontain, Johore, Malaysia. The aircraft were n descent towards the airfield at Tengah, Singapore when WH882 collided with WJ983 as the three aircraft closed into close formation to pass through cloud . Both aircraft crashed, killing all three on board WH882 and one of the crew on board WJ983.

The only survivors from this accident were Flying Officer F. N. Buchan and Squadron Leader C. C. Blount who both ejected safely from WJ983.

WJ983 was on delivery to 45 Squadron at the time (and therefore not yet officially on charge with the squadron) but was flying with a 45 Squadron crew

Both aircraft turned away from each other after the impact, one to the west, the other to the east. Depending on height and degree of control over the aircraft, both went down separately and this could account for the different crash recovery locations: WH882 at Kota Tinggi, and WJ983 at Pontain, Johore


Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999

Revision history:

17-Jun-2008 12:10 JINX Added
19-Mar-2010 02:29 angels one five Updated [Location, Country, Source]
28-May-2010 22:35 redroger Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
18-Jan-2012 04:38 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
09-Apr-2013 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jul-2013 03:06 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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