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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 99563
Last updated: 8 January 2020
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Date:21-DEC-1951
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 51-17387
C/n / msn: 71012
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Delmarva Peninsula, 6 Miles NW Centreville, Maryland -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Middle River, Maryland
Destination airport:
Narrative:
On 21 December 1951, English Electric Canberra B2, USAF 51-17387, ex-RAF WD932, used as pattern aircraft for B-57 Canberra, crashes during flight from Martin plant at Middle River, Maryland, north of Baltimore. It lost a wing during a 4.8g maneuver at 10,000 feet (3,000 m) over Centerville, Maryland, on the Delmarva Peninsula due to incorrect fuel handling that led to tail heaviness which caused loss of control during the high g maneuvering. Both crew members ejected, but one of them was killed when his parachute failed to open.

NOTE: The aircraft was originally serialled WD932 when in UK Service. On 21/02/1951 it was allocated the USAF serial 51-17387

Sources:

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_bombers/b57_1.html
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1951.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1950%E2%80%931959)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Aug-2011 15:03 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
21-Jan-2012 17:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2013 19:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]

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