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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25109
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic ANSN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Anson T.Mk 21
Owner/operator:2 ASS Royal Air Force (2 ASS RAF)
Registration: VV883
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles from RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Halfpenny Green, Staffordshire
Destination airport:RAF Cranfield, Bedfordshire
Avro Anson T21, VV883, 2 ASS, RAF: delivered 26 April 1949. Written off 1 January 1953: While cruising at an altitude of 10,000 feet on a flight from Halfpenny Green to RAF Cranfield, the crew encountered technical problems with the left engine that was shut down. The crew decided to perform an emergency descent and while flying through clouds, he encountered icing conditions.

After the airplane crossed the cloud base, while at an altitude of 200 feet about 3 miles from the airfield, the pilot-in-command was unable to maintain a safe control due to icing. With one engine inoperative, he attempted an emergency landing in a field. All three crew members were injured and the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crew of Anson VV883:
Master Pilot J D Connon, RAF (pilot)
Flight Sergeant P M Hudson (Navigator)
Cadet Signaller A H Williams (W/T Operator)

Cause: Failure of the left engine in flight and icing conditions. Struck off charge 22 January 1953 as Cat 5(Scrap)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.139 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Last Take-off: A Record of RAF Aircraft Losses 1950 to 1953 by Colin Cummings p 326
3. The Anson File (Ray Sturtivant, Air Britain, 1988 p 148)
4. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 92)

Revision history:

27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
17-Apr-2012 14:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
20-Dec-2012 14:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source]
23-Jul-2017 17:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
13-Mar-2019 08:51 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
08-Jan-2020 00:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 10:19 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
09-Apr-2021 17:40 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
09-Apr-2021 20:06 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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