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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48580
Last updated: 30 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B2
Owner/operator:5 Sqn Rhodesia AF
Registration: R2510
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Salisbury -   Zimbabwe
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:New Sarum, Rhodesia
Destination airport:
On 16th November 1971 a Canberra from No. 5 Squadron crashed in heavy rain near Salisbury killing Flight Lieutenant Alec Roughead and Air Lieutenant Guy Robertson. An investigation revealed that the aircraft crash was the result of the failure of Frame 21 due to metal fatigue. Frame 21 incorporates the main attachment point of the wings.

The problem of metal fatigue was know to and fully understood by the Air Force and the aircraft were monitored constantly. The aircrew were aware of this condition and most pilots handled the aircraft gently to avoid excessive fatigue on the Frame 21s.


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Revision history:

07-Dec-2008 10:54 harro Added
05-Apr-2013 00:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Apr-2013 18:04 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]

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