Accident Handley Page Hastings C.2 WD492, Tuesday 16 September 1952
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Date:Tuesday 16 September 1952
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Type:Silhouette image of generic hphs model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Handley Page Hastings C.2
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WD492
MSN: HP67/120
Year of manufacture:1951
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:1,6 km S of Northice Camp -   Greenland
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL)
Destination airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL)
Narrative:
The Hastings was dropping supplies near a scientific camp in Northern Greenland. After twelve successful paradrops, the aircraft positioned for free drops from a height of just 50 feet. The first drop was uneventful, but during the second drop, at a speed of 125 kts, the aircraft entered a white-out condition and one of the wings hit the ground. The airplane crash-landed at position 78.07 N, 38.10 W.
Three injured were air-lifted by a Grumman Albatross; the remaining nine survivors were rescued later.

Sources:

Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
Hastings Bangs and Prangs and Splashes and Crashes
Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
The Winnipeg Evening Tribune 26 September 1952, p1

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