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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 263430
Last updated: 29 August 2021
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Date:10-JAN-1946
Time:day
Type:Vickers Warwick ASR.Mk VI
Owner/operator:280 Squadron Royal Air Force (280 Sqn RAF)
Registration: HG144
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Tain, Tain, Dornoch Firth, Scotland. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Tain, Dornoch Firth
Destination airport:RAF Tain, Dornoch Firth
Narrative:
Vickers Warwick ASR. Mk.VI HG144/ME-P, 280 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF): Written off (damaged beyond repair) 10 January 1946 in a taxiing accident at RAF Tain, Tain, Dornoch Firth, Scotland.

After landing, the aircraft was being taxiied downwind at RAF Tain, and while this was happening, the pilot found that he could not check the speed of the aircraft by using the brakes. In order to slow the aircraft down, the pilot deliberately swung the aircraft off the runway at RAF Tain, to avoid running off the runway onto rough ground.

The aircraft's undercarriage collapsed due to the side loads imposed, and the fact that the flaps had been lowered when taxiing, and this only served to increase the aircraft's speed.

Despite being written off (deemed "damaged beyond repair") the crew were uninjured.

Sources:

1. Royal Air Force Aircraft EA100-EZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1988 p 29)
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.27 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
3. Final Landings: A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 to 1949 by Colin Cummings p.31
4. 280 Squadron RAF ORB (Operations Record Book)(Air Mininstry Form AM/F.540) for the period 1-31 January 1946: National Archives (PRO Kew) file AIR 27/1613/15 at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D8438040
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No._280_Squadron_RAF
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tain_Air_Weapons_Range#History


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-May-2021 22:31 Dr. John Smith Added
31-May-2021 09:09 MiG23 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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