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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 249106
Last updated: 18 November 2021
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Date:22-SEP-1952
Time:day
Type:Percival P-31 Proctor C Mk 4
Owner/operator:1 Gp CF Royal Air Force (1 Gp CF RAF)
Registration: NP332
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Percival P-31 Proctor C.Mk.4 NP332, 1 Group Communictions Flight, RAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 22/9/1952 in a landing accident at RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire. On landing, the brakes on the port undercarriage, which had been recently adjusted, were adjusted so as to be "too tight". As a result, on landing at Waddington, the port undercarriage brakes begn to bind, causing the Proctor to ground-loop through 90 degrees, and swung off the runway at Waddington. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair due to the undercarriage subsequently collapsing, and was Struck Off Charge as Cat.5(c) on 30/9/1952.

Despite being deemed "damaged beyond economic repair", the two crew survived without injuries. According to one source (see link #4) the wreckage of Proctor NP332 "was in a scrapyard in Smithy Lane, Staining, Blackpool, in 1965".

Sources:

1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.135 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft NA100-NZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain)
3. Last Take Off; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p.295
4. https://air-britain.freeforums.net/thread/603/proctor-comments-corrections
5. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1950s-incident-logs#1952


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Mar-2021 21:49 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Mar-2021 21:55 MiG17 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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