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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 8 April 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748 Andover C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: XS609
C/n / msn: Set 16
First flight: 1966
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 18
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Siena/Ampugnano Airport (SAY) (   Italy)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Siena-Ampugnano Airport (SAY/LIQS), Italy
Destination airport:Pisa-San Giusto Airport (PSA/LIRP), Italy
Narrative:
One of the engines failed on takeoff from Siena. The wing dropped and contacted the ground. The Andover cartwheeled and caught fire.
The airplane carried home graduates of the RAF parachute training school.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Modesto Bee - Apr 9, 1972 (Accident photo)
» Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Apr 9, 1972


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Distance from Siena-Ampugnano Airport to Pisa-San Giusto Airport as the crow flies is 84 km (52 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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