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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66079
Last updated: 14 May 2021
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Date:27-MAY-1961
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic PA22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-22-150
Owner/operator:Skyphotos Ltd
Registration: G-AREN
MSN: 22-6196
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:English Channel, off Littlehampton, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:SU
Departure airport:Shoreham Airport, Shoreham, West Sussex (EGKA)
Destination airport:Lympne Airport, Lympne, Kent (LYM/EGMK)
Narrative:
Ex-N9056D. First registered 19.6.58 to John H Norman, Aidino Airport, Aberdeen, Maryland, USA. Registration N9056D cancelled 14.9.60 as "exported to the United Kingdom". First UK registered (C of R R.6973/1) as G-AREN 26.8.60 to R.K.Dundas Ltd., London SW.1. Registration cancelled/lapsed upon sale 14.4.61

Sold on and re-registered (C of R R.6973/2) on 19.4.61 to Skyphotos Ltd., Lympne Airport, Lympne, Kent

Written off 27.5.61 when lost at sea; crashed into the English Channel, south of Littlehampton, West Sussex. Both persons on board (pilot and photographer) killed. According to the following contemporary newspaper report (The Sunday People - Sunday 28 May 1961):

"Ships and aircraft were searching the Channel last night for a plane missing with two men on board. The men are the pilot, ex-R.A.F. flyer Mr. P. Harrington, 39, of New Inn Green, Kent, and photographer Mr. George Henderson, 26, whose home is in Fife, Scotland. They took off from Lympne Airport, Kent, yesterday morning in a small Tri-pacer plane, photographed a ship in the Channel—then vanished".

Registration G-AREN cancelled 17.8.61 as aircraft "destroyed". This implies that search and rescue efforts were unsuccessful, and no trace of the aircraft or the photographer passenger was ever found. However, the body of the pilot, Peter Joseph Harrington, was recovered from the sea off Fecamp, France on 8.7.61 some six weeks after the above incident

Sources:

1. The People - Sunday 28 May 1961:
2. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1199780/
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AREN.pdf
4. http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=15784.0
5. https://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?NNumbertxt=9056D


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jul-2009 23:29 VHKDK Added
21-Jul-2012 16:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Mar-2014 23:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
07-Mar-2020 17:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Jul-2020 22:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]

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