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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 22276
Last updated: 27 April 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson Mk I
Owner/operator:502 (Ulster) Squadron Royal Air Force (502 (Ulster) Sqn RAF)
Registration: N5234
C/n / msn: YG-K
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:4 miles E of Rhyl, Denbeighshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Hooton Park, Cheshire
Destination airport:RAF Hooton Park, Cheshire
The crew was engaged in a night patrol flight and launched the mission in poor visibility due to snow falls. The aircraft stalled and crashed then spun in onto the foreshore approx 4 miles East of Rhyl, Denbeighshire, soon after take off from RAF Hooton Park, Cheshire, for a night patrol possibly caused by frost on the wings. Aircraft crashed in a snow storm and an ambulance took 7 hours to reach the crash site due to the snow. Although there were no fatalities, one of the crew - Corporal H C Moorby - was injured.

Cause of accident: The accident may have been caused by ice accumulation on wings and fuselage.

It is notable that the official report file into the accident is closed to the public - and is thus unavailable for researchers - for 82 years, until 1 January 2023. The reasons are stated at "Exemption 1: Personal information where the applicant is a 3rd party" and "Exemption 2: Information provided in confidence"


1. Royal Air Force Aircraft L1000-N9999 (James J. Halley, Air Britain)
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AIR 81/1768:
6. Photo of N5234:

Revision history:

06-Aug-2008 08:53 Anon. Added
19-Jan-2012 14:52 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
19-Mar-2012 06:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
26-Jun-2012 11:58 Nepa Updated [Operator]
14-Jun-2013 18:41 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Aug-2013 14:52 JINX Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport]
25-Dec-2014 16:20 Fort Knox Updated [Operator]
26-Dec-2015 08:37 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
12-Jan-2016 20:32 JIXN Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
09-Oct-2018 18:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
27-Apr-2019 04:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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