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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153974
Last updated: 1 July 2020
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Date:10-JAN-1956
Time:day
Type:Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.6
Owner/operator:Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Ltd
Registration: XE490
C/n / msn: AW.6386
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RNAS Abbotsinch, Glasgow -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Delivery
Departure airport:Baginton, Coventry (CVT)
Destination airport:RNAS Abbotsinch, Glasgow (GLA/EGPF)
Narrative:
Hawker Sea Hawk FGA.4 XE490: Built additional to contract as a replacement for Sea Hawk XE456, which was retained by Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft as a prototype for the Sea Hawk FGA.101 that was being built for supply to the Kriegsmarine (West German Navy)

Written off 10/1/1956. The pilot attempted a wheels up landing at Abbotsinch, Glasgow after he lost control while on approach. XE490 struck the runway hard and broke up killing the pilot, Mr. C Monk, Armstrong Whitworth Aircraft Civilian Test Pilot.

The aircraft was on delivery from the makers (Armstrong-Whitworth Aircraft) at Baginton, Coventry. The subsequent board of inquiry concluded that the controls had jammed due to a pocket knife being carried by the pilot, which had fallen out of his pocket, and jammed the controls.

Wreckage to HMS Daedalus (RNAY Lee-on-Solent) for examination by the AIU (Accident Investigation Unit). Aircraft left Abbotsinch on 17/1/56, arrived at Lee on Solent three days later (20/01/56).

Formally Struck off Charge as Cat.ZZ on 17/3/56 after recovery of components at AHU Abbotsinch. The wreckage of Sea Hawk XE490 was still present dumped at RNAS Abbotsinch in July 1960

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1956.htm
2. http://www.planetrace.co.uk/1950-1959_26.html
3. http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1956-59.htm
4. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XE ..


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Mar-2013 22:42 Dr. John Smith Added
11-Mar-2013 22:43 Dr. John Smith Updated
20-Oct-2013 02:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Source, Narrative]
08-Jun-2020 20:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
20-Jun-2020 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Nature, Source, Narrative]

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