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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25042
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated YB-24/LB-30A Liberator
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: AM260
MSN: 169
Fatalities:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Heathfield AD *, Ayr, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Heathfield, Ayr
Destination airport:
Crashed and burned on takeoff during operation for Return Ferry Service. Veered off runway across the grass and past the control tower, struck a small building and then an embankment. It then plunged over the embankment to the railway line, where it burst into flames.
22 onboard killed.

* Heathfield aerodrome is located south of the current Prestwick airport. Remains of three runways and some perimeter track can clearly be seen amongst housing on Google Earth, just ca. 500 m WSW of threshold RWY 03 of today's Prestwick airport.


- Air-Britain Archive, September 2012, p. 101
- JF Baugher

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Jun-2013 11:15 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Jun-2013 11:35 Uli Elch Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2017 12:40 paddy Updated [Narrative]
03-Feb-2020 11:18 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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