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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25063
Last updated: 22 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson C Mk 19
Owner/operator:Metropolitan CS Royal Air Force (Metropolitan CS RAF)
Registration: TX168
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Edgware Road, Stag Lane, near RAF Hendon, Middlesex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Hendon, Middlesex
Destination airport:RAF Hendon, Middlesex
Avro Anson C.Mk.XIX TX168, Metropolitan Communications Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) when crashed 9 February 1948. On final approach to RAF Hendon, while performing a local training sortie, the aircraft stalled and hit several buildings located 1,100 yards short of the runway threshold in Edgware Road, Stag Lane, Middlesex.

On impact, the aircraft nosed down and crashed onto a passing trolleybus. Both on board (Wing Commander Rolfe, and his passenger, Flight Lieutenant MacMeakin) were killed, while eight civilians seated in the trolleybus were seriously injured.

Probable cause: It appears that the crew completed the final approach with an engine voluntarily inoperative. (Possibly practising a single engine approach). Due to an insufficient approach airspeed, the aircraft stalled and crashed. Following this accident, training flights with engine shut down were prohibited at RAF Hendon and were operated at RAF Bassingbourn instead.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. The Anson File (Ray Sturtivant, Air Britain, 1988 p 134)
3. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 9 February 1948, p 2
8. Pathe Newsreel footage:

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
03-Apr-2012 19:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
16-Aug-2012 07:40 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-Jan-2016 20:05 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
06-Feb-2016 19:30 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
25-Jan-2018 15:38 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Nov-2019 00:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Nov-2019 00:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
12-Nov-2019 22:22 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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