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Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 2 weeks ago #29543

Sorry about the colour quality.from a heavily restored faded slide

G-AMWA 24th September 1963 after it over ran the runway at Guernsey CI after an engine failure on take-off

No injuries....apart from the car :silly:


Picture Copyright G.Russell 2012

Garry
Last Edit: 5 years 2 weeks ago by Garry Russell.
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 2 weeks ago #29570

That is a sorry sight.

S B)
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 1 week ago #29596

Indeed!!! :(

Scott
KJMS (or thereabouts)


"...now let's get this thing on the hump - we've got some flyin' to do!" ~ Major Kong
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 1 week ago #29598

that must have been quite an impact...

it almost looks like a sub half submerged...

Jan
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 1 week ago #29602

Hi Jan

It wasn't too bad but it crossed two earthen hedges which ripped the undercarriage off. :(

It was heading for some glasshouses (left of pic) with men working inside but as the forward fuse started to collapse....it's not buried........it dug in and swung around. :pinch:

The violent swing twisted the rear fuse as seen by the tail. The fuse collapsed almost to the cockpit floor as it only had a single car and that was at the back of the hold so it was empty up front, so no resistance to the collapse.

The wing roots can be seen to have large cracks and in fact had it travelled much further it would have probably disintegrated..it was on the point of coming apart :blink:

The runway is at right angles to the right of the pic

Four grazing cows were killed.

The rear fuse (pax cabin) was with the Airport fire service until burned in 1970

Garry
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 1 week ago #29608

with the details you tell us now it has more impact!! that was a real severe accident happened there! could have been worse even....

Jan
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 5 years 1 week ago #29615

Had there been a flat over run the airframe would probably have survived to fly again

The co pilot saw it was heading toward buildings and there is a drop at the end too.

He tried to ground loop but it bumped and took off, stalling at about 50 feet and came don in the field at the end of the runway leapfrogging a hedge before crossing a lane going through the hedges either side , that singled the start of the break up.

No one was hurt .two crew and I think only one passenger plus I guess a cabin attendant.

This aircraft was initially built as a Mark 31 registered G-AMLK. Before completion it was converted to the Mk.32 Superfreighter prototype and re registered G-AMWA.

The marks of G-AMLK remained unused as not taken up until a previously un British registered Mark 31M came to Instone from New Zealand and took the registration as an out of sequence 'period registration' this re use has caused some confusion.

Six week later Superfreighter G-AMWB taking off the opposite direction had a similar engine failure but managed to stop with the nose inches from the boundary and I mean inches..almost touched.

Just as well as there is a much deeper valley that end.

Questions were asked about the type suitability given that mechanical trouble had caused the fatal crash of G-ANWL two years previously, but it was decided that is was just long odds coincidences......the type was very reliable, but unlucky to have had these incidents in the one area in a short space of time

It never happen again

Garry
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Re: Demise of a Superfreighter 4 years 7 months ago #32258

'Still too late on the roundout Hoskins'.
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