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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 246543
Last updated: 12 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing Chinook HC6A (CH-47F)
Owner/operator:28 Squadron Royal Air Force (28 Sqn RAF)
Registration: ZA679
C/n / msn: MA010/M7014
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: None
Location:Wantage, Oxfordshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Benson, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:Benson RAF Station (BEX/EGUB)
A RAF Boeing Chinook HC6A helicopter, operated by 28 Squadron, made an emergency landing in a field in the area of Wantage, Oxfordshire, after a technical malfunction. There were no personal injuries but the wheels of the helicopter sank a little in the soft ground. According to an official posting/press release on Facebook from RAF Benson:

"On Tuesday, a Chinook from 28 Squadron based at RAF Benson made a precautionary landing in a field near Wantage following a mechanical issue. Unfortunately, the aircraft soon sank into the field, likely due to the extended period of wet weather that we’ve been experiencing recently.

Our engineers deployed to the site to assess the mechanical issue and this has now been fixed; however, the extremely soft ground has made the recovery of the Chinook to RAF Benson very difficult. A tri-Service team of specialists is working hard to safely extract the aircraft from the mud. While it was hoped that it could simply be dug out and then flown home, the risk of damage to the aircraft from this course of action has been assessed as significant and alternative options are being explored, including potentially lifting it from the mud with a crane. We hope to have the aircraft home by the end of the week.

We are extremely thankful to the landowners for their understanding and support during this work, particularly the kindness they’ve shown to our team guarding the aircraft during some very cold nights".

UPDATE: Chinook ZA679 was finally extracted from its muddy landing place on the afternoon of Monday January 11, 2021, after six days "in situ". According to an official announcement/press release from the RAF Benson Facebook Page:

"We’re pleased to confirm that the Chinook that became stuck in a field near Wantage last week has been lifted successfully and is now out of the mud. Our engineers are now checking the aircraft, and once safe to do so it will be flown home to RAF Benson.

Given the muddy conditions and freezing weather, it has been a challenging operation to free the Chinook, particularly as we needed to ensure we didn’t damage the aircraft in doing so. Specialist tri-Service teams, including the Joint Aircraft Recovery and Transportation Squadron and the Royal Engineers, were called in to assist the Chinook experts in devising a solution that would successfully free the aircraft. A number of options were considered and it was agreed that the best option would be to lift the aircraft onto a platform using cranes.

The specialist teams worked together to prepare the ground, including laying over 250 feet of suitable trackway for the heavy lifting equipment. Once the equipment arrived, it was a swift process to prepare the aircraft to be moved and it was then lifted by two cranes onto the waiting platform. Personnel have been on site since last Tuesday including RAF Reserves from 606 Squadron based at RAF Benson".

Once again, we extend our sincere thanks to the landowners who have been incredibly understanding throughout this process and the local community for their support".


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Revision history:

08-Jan-2021 09:00 gerard57 Added
08-Jan-2021 09:55 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Source, Damage, Narrative]
08-Jan-2021 15:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Jan-2021 16:53 Gerard76 Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Embed code, Operator]
12-Jan-2021 13:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jan-2021 13:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jan-2021 13:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]

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