Accident Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 XJ728, Wednesday 20 January 1960
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Date:Wednesday 20 January 1960
Type:Westland Whirlwind HAR.2
Owner/operator:22 Sqn RAF
Registration: XJ728
MSN: WA/99
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sea off Padstow, Cornwall -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF St. Mawgan, Cornwall
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Westland Whirlwind HAR.2 XJ728 ["H"], "A" Flight, 22 Squadron, RAF St. Mawgan. Written off 20/1/1960: Rotated into the water off Padstow, Cornwall following tail rotor failure caused by the tail rotor control cable breaking. All three crew survived. Wreckage recovered to RAF St Mawgan for crash investigation, after which XJ728 was struck off charge and scrapped,


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.201 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 50)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/427:

Revision history:

03-Sep-2013 18:42 Dr.John Smith Added
14-Nov-2018 06:50 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]
27-Jan-2020 20:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2020 20:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2020 22:42 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]

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