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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 66687
Last updated: 21 April 2021
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Date:07-APR-1965
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.20
Owner/operator:2 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A84-213
Msn: 13
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAAF stn Darwin [DRW/YPDN] Darwin, NT -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAAF Darwin, NT [DRW/YPDN]
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First flight 14/12/54. Delivered 23/12/54. Crashed 07/04/65, Darwin NT. Cat.5 damage. Approved for conversion to componants "in situ" 10/65.

Bruce Budd adds "I was an ATC officer on exercise in Darwin at the time with fighters from Williamtown. Although I didn't see the incident, I was on the field some minutes later. The aircraft was taking off on the northerly runway (I don't remember the number) and suffered compressor stalls on at least one engine just before lift off. I think that there was a crosswind component on the runway. It was carrying 4 x 1,000lb live bombs. The pilot aborted the take-off but was unable to stop before the end of the runway. The aircraft continued off the end of the runway wiping out various ILS installations before dropping over a small concrete wall and breaking its fuselage just in front of the bomb bay as it came to a halt. As it did so, at least 2 of the bombs broke loose and came to rest some distance from the aircraft. The crew evacuated the aircraft very quickly, the pilot swearing that he had the nav's bootprint on the top of his helmet. I don't think this was ever substantiated. Fortunately the aircraft didn't burn, the ejection seats didn't fire and the bombs did not explode. However, Darwin was closed for some considerable time while the bombs were disarmed and the runway swept clear of a large quantity of metal shavings from the Canberra's brakes."

John Tyrrel, who was a Flight Officer at the time adds " I was the navigator in A84-213 when it crashed on takeoff in Darwin. Flt Lt Peter Jones was the pilot. I jettisoned the navigator's hatch - the top half of the compartment - and left that way. Peter left the same way some time later."
Remains were taken to Leanyer Range, Darwin for use as a target. Still there in 1975 however all traces removed by 1984

Sources:

http://www.adf-gallery.com.au//2a84.shtml

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
28-Jul-2009 23:20 Rupert Butler Added
26-Aug-2011 15:02 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
09-Apr-2013 23:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 13:32 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]

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