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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155668
Last updated: 14 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic DHC1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland Canada DHC-1 Chipmunk T.10
Owner/operator:Durham UAS Royal Air Force (Durham UAS RAF)
Registration: WP780
C/n / msn: C1-0670
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 miles N of Otterburn, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Otterburn, Northumberland
Destination airport:
Written off 01/04/1955: Chipmunk T10 WP780 crashed 6 miles north of Otterburn, Nortumberland.

The aircraft was one of a formation of three making low level runs over spectators at an observation post. During one pass, the aircraft made a turn to port at very low level and the wing tip struck some of the spectators. The aircraft then struck the ground and cartwheeled down a hill. The injured were the aircraft's two crew; Flight Lieutenant Richard Potts and Officer Cadet Michael Hanson; as well as Corporal George Imrie, Officer Cadet Heather Maxwell, Officer Cadet Yvonne Horsburgh, Sergeant Dorothy Boyland, Corporal Leonard Arrowsmith and Quartermaster Sergeant Thomas Couse.

Those killed were:

Sergeant Ewart Anthony Austin, 26.
Officer Cadet Margaret Nora Holwell, 19.
Officer Cadet Margaret Elizabeth Gardner, 20.
Officer Cadet Alan Terence Holmes, 21.
Officer Cadet Keith Forrester Steadman, 21.

NOTE: Some sources give an incorrect date of "31/01/1955" as the date of the crash. The date of 01/04/1955 is correct - the accident was reported in the newspapers on 02/04/1955 (see links below)


Revision history:

30-Apr-2013 01:54 Dr. John Smith Added
30-Apr-2013 02:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2019 22:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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