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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65637
Last updated: 8 December 2021
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Date:07-DEC-1978
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra PR Mk 7
Owner/operator:13 Sqn RAF
Registration: WT530
MSN: 71446
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Siggiewei, Malta/Luqa (LMML) -   Malta
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Luqa (LMML)
Destination airport:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire
Narrative:
Written off 07/12/1978: crashed at Luqa, Malta due to engine failure on takeoff. WT530 was on its way back to Wyton from Cyprus when it stopped to refuel at its old base in Malta. The reason for the loss of engine power was through water contamination of the fuel in the fuel system from the heavy rain that had been in the area at the time.

WT530 went off the runway at Siggiewi; 2 crew (Flt. Lt. G.Morgan (Pilot) and Flt. Lt. V.A.Mee (navigator)) ejected. The third crew member (F/O Richard Marshall) unfortunately perished; he was not in the jump seat but was in the old bomb aimers position,if I remember correctly he was only 19.

It is notable that WT530 had only arrived at Luqa, Malta the previous day from Akrotiri, Cyprus, and the aircraft had arrived with undercarriage problems

Sources:

https://www.pprune.org/archive/index.php/t-101153.html
http://www.aviationinmalta.com/MilitaryAviation/AccidentsMilitary/19701979/tabid/653/language/en-US/Default.aspx
http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194139/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1978.htm#dec
http://sussexhistoryforum.co.uk/index.php?topic=1446.0
https://www.gov.uk/search-armed-forces-memorial-roll-of-honourroll-of-honour.php?SerialNo=R8921
http://www.aero-pics.co.uk/miscellany/Canberra%20PR%20Mk.7%20WT530%20Masirah%2018111972%20D12617.htm


Images:

Photo of WT530 courtesy AirHistory.net


Luqa - Malta International (LMML / MLA)
21 July 1976; (c) John Visanich

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Jun-2009 11:05 zerocinquanta Added
26-Aug-2011 14:47 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport]
23-Oct-2011 15:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2012 12:27 Vulcan Updated [Total fatalities, Destination airport]
23-Aug-2012 12:56 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Total occupants]
12-Apr-2013 19:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2013 07:33 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport]
13-Apr-2013 19:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2016 17:55 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]

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