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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B. 6 (BS)
Owner/operator:139 (Jamaica) Squadron Royal Air Force (139 (Jamaica) Sqn RAF)
Registration: WT371
MSN: 71386
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Nicosia -   Cyprus
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
Destination airport:RAF Nicosia, Cyprus
EE Canberra B.6, WT371, 139 (Jamaica) Squadron, RAF: Written off (destroyed) 6/11/56 - The pilot shut down the starboard engine after a suspected fire. The aircraft yawed during an asymmetric approach to Nicosia, Cyprus and crashed short of the runway. The three crew were killed. They were later named as Flying Officer Leslie Ian Collins, Flying Officer Kenneth Walter Banyard, and Flight Sergeant Morris Allen Rhodes - the latter was on secondment from 9 Squadron RAF Binbrook at the time of the accident

According to an eyewitness report (see link #6)

"I watched the accident of WT371 from the cockpit of my Hunter sitting on the readiness platform at Nicosia. It rolled to starboard. Had the other engine failed instead it would have taken out at least two of us strapped in our aircraft. The ORP was at right angles to the runway and we were positioned looking at the approach."


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.184 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 95)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/368:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/35/S2848:

Revision history:

23-Oct-2011 15:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Jan-2012 15:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
06-Mar-2012 09:36 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
21-Sep-2013 19:53 Canjock Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Jan-2020 21:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jan-2020 21:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
22-Jan-2020 21:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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