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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 64531
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Date:19-AUG-1949
Time:day
Type:Percival Proctor Mk IV
Owner/operator:Lancashire Aircraft Corporation (LAC)
Registration: G-AKLC
MSN: H.666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Baildon Moor, Baildon, near Shipley, West Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Yeadon, West Yorkshire
Destination airport:Yeadon. West Yorkshire
Narrative:
Ex-RAF Proctor Mk.IV NP282; first registered (C of R 12015/1; C of A 9888) 27 /10/1947 to Lancashire Aircraft Corporation Ltd., Squires Gate Airport, Lytham St., Annes, Lancashire. Written off (destroyed) 19/08/1949 when crashed on Baildon Moor, near Baildon, near Shipley, West Yorkshire

Aircraft was on test flight after the rear main spar had been modified to accommodate an extra seat in the rear of the Aiarcraft. Whilst flying over Baildon Moor the wing fractured. The Aircraft crashed killing all four people on board. The pilots name was Garcias Villas and one of the occupants was a son of Eric Rylands who was a director of L.A.C. (Lancashire Aircraft Corporation). August 19 1949 was a clear bright sunny day and no fog in evidence.

A follow up report appeared in "Flight" magazine (6 October 1949 page 458):

"Wing-spar Failure
PROCTOR owners who may be concerned about the report of an accident in the Yorkshire area will be interested to read the following comments provided by Percival Aircraft Ltd. It was reported in the daily Press, they state, that Douglas fir was "used as" a substitute for spruce ''in the wing spars of the aircraft but, in fact, fir was specified; the actual timber used in this particular aircraft was, however, below specification". The machine, they add, was not constructed by themselves, but by sub-contractors, who built a total of 400. This is the first structural failure [of a Percival Proctor] to have occurred in the air"

Registration G-ALKC cancelled by the Secretary of State, Air Ministry, same day as the crash (19/08/1949) due to "destruction or permanent withdrawl from use of aircraft"

Sources:

1. http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1949_08/19490820_0004.pdf
2. Flight magazine 6 October 1949 page 458: https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1949/1949%20-%201694.html
3. https://cwsprduksumbraco.blob.core.windows.net/g-info/HistoricalLedger/G-AKLC.pdf
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2570: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576724
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT 217/2571: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C576725
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baildon


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
08-Jul-2009 20:54 angels one five Updated
26-Dec-2013 14:51 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Damage, Narrative]
27-Oct-2014 00:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2015 20:59 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2015 21:04 TB Updated [Time, Location]
01-Apr-2017 15:57 hesling Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
14-Aug-2018 11:58 TB Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
12-Jul-2019 15:57 A.J.Scholten Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
07-Dec-2019 13:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2019 16:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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