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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 164704
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VNOM model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.112 Sea Venom FAW.22
Owner/operator:894 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XG723
MSN: 121124
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Mediterranean Sea, 7 miles SE of Hal Far, Malta -   Malta
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RNAS Hal Far, Malta
Destination airport:
On 15/03/1960, XG614 ("A-491) and XG723 ("A-490"), two De Havilland Sea Venom FAW.22s of 894 NAS FAA RN crashed while operating off RNAS Hal Far; the two aircraft collided and crashed into the Mediterranean Sea 7 miles south east of Hal Far, Malta

Of the four crew (two per aircraft), two ejected safely: Lt. R. W. N. Riley (pilot) and S/Lt J. D. Brown (observer) ejected at 6,000ft at 210 knots, and suffered slight injuries. Both crew were rescued by the sea boat from HMS Ark Royal.

The other two crew members were killed:
LOE, Richard J, Act/Sub Lieutenant (Pilot)
SMYTH, Alexander G, Act/Sub Lieutenant (Observer)

It can be surmised that the pilot of one Sea Venom and the observer of the other were killed. However it is not yet clear which crew member was in which aircraft.

894 Squadron FAA RN was shore-based at Hal-Far, Malta, from HMS Albion in March 1960 for a ten day detachment with several other similar types. Note that some sources quote the date of the accident at March 11th not the night of March 14th/15th



Revision history:

14-Mar-2014 22:43 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Mar-2014 18:57 Nepa Updated [Operator]
07-Mar-2018 12:45 Wookeynick Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Damage, Narrative]
27-Aug-2020 21:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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