Helicopter Accidents


Year 1977 accidents

List of helicopter accidents

Aerospatiale Alouette II 3
Aerospatiale Alouette III 5
Aerospatiale Gazelle 3
Aerospatiale SA330 Puma 1
Agusta AB204 4
Agusta AB205 2
Agusta AB212 1
Bell 204 5
Bell 205 1
Bell 206 3
Bell 212 4
Bell 47 1
Boeing-Vertol 107M H-46 Sea Knight 4
Dornier UH-1D 1
Elicotteri Meridionali CH-47C Chinook 1
F+W Emmen SA316B Alouette III 1
Hughes 369 / 500 / H-6 1
Kaman Seasprite 3
Kawasaki Heavy Industries 369HS 3
Mitsubishi S-61 3
Sikorsky S-55 H-19 1
Sikorsky S-58 H-34 4
Sikorsky S-61 H-3 2
Sikorsky S-62 HH-52 1
Sikorsky S-65 H-53 10
Sud Aviation S-58 2
Sud Aviation SE3210 Super Frelon 1
Westland Sea King 3
Westland Sioux 2
Westland Wasp 4
Westland Wessex 1

1977 206a 180 EI-ASW : Bell 206A cn180 ff:1968; del Ireland as EI-ASW, unk
G-BADS : xfer UK as G-BADS, unk
osterman helikopter SE-HGH : xfer Ostermans Aero AB, Sweden as SE-HGH, unk; w/o 17May77
1977 206a 512 Bell Helicopter N8159J : Bell 206A cn512, ff:?; reg Bell helicopters as N8259J, unk; del US as N8159J, unk; w/o Lantana, FL 27Jan77.
1977 212 30769 Aviacion de Ejercito Argentino AE-451 : Ejercito. w/o 11jan77 in Levingston Island Antarctica during a search and rescue mission of an Argentine Navy SP-2H Neptune aircraft: 3 fatalities (Tte.1ro Garcia, Tte. Merani and Sgt Segura)
1977 369hm 91-0215M Arma Aerea de la Armada Española Z.13-1 : Armada 006-1. d/d 1972 6 Escuadrilla. w/o 21jul77
1977 47g-3 6516 Royal New Zealand Air Force NZ3703 : RNZAF. w/o 30jun77
1977 ab204as 3134 Marina Militare Italiana MM80368 : Marina 3-07. w/o 27jul77 ditched in sea near Sicily
1977 ab204b 3044 Aeronautica Militare Italiana MM80280 : Le Bourget - Paris Airshow - 1963
Aeronautica Militare Italiana MM80280 : AMI 15-21. w/o 20oct77 Creola di Saccolongo, Padova
1977 ab204b 3150 Aeronautica Militare Italiana MM80465 : AMI 31-16. 93 Gruppo TS. w/o 04apr77 in Appia Antica, Roma
1977 ab204b 3206 Aeronautica Militare Italiana MM80471 : RM-114?. w/o 15feb77 at Foppolo, Bergamo
1977 ab205a-1 4215 Aviazione dell'Esercito MM80689 : Esercito E.I.318. w/o 25aug77 at La Villa Campaccio (Val Badia, Bolzano)
1977 ab205a-1 4259 Carabinieri MM80783 : CC-39. w/o 31oct77 at Monte Govello di Soverato
1977 ab212asw 5525 Arma Aerea de la Armada Española Z.18-2 : Marina 003-6. w/o 20jan77
1977 ch-135 32001 Canadian Armed Forces 135101 : BuNo 70-15650. AETE. w/o 06apr77
1977 ch-136 44065 Canadian Armed Forces 136265 : BuNo 71-20930. 422 sqd w/o 17feb77
1977 CH-46D 2195 US Marine Corps 152573 : BV-107M, cn 2195, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR Morton PA as CH-46A 152573 23Sep66; xfer MAMS-37, 26Oct66; redesig CH-46D 27Oct66; xfer HMMT-302 01Nov66; xfer H&MS-16 COSA 21Feb68; xfer HMM-364, YK16, 23Mar68; xfer FAWPRA Atsugi 11 Jun68; xfer NAS Atsugi A&T 23Oct68; xfer HMM-265 17Nov68; xfer HMM-165 13Dec68; xfer HMM-161 01May69; xfer HMM-364 10Feb70; xfer HMM-263 16Feb71; xfer H&MS-56 COSA 09Jun71; xfer H&MS-16 CRAA 16Jul71; xfer H&MS-16 30Aug71; xfer HC-6, Det 2, HW-17, 01Feb72; w/o - lost at sea 175 km SE of Palma de Majorca, 10Feb77, 3 injured, 2 killed.
US Marine Corps 152573 : BUNO 152573 HW 17 10Feb77
1977 CH-46F 2465 US Marine Corps 154858 : BV-107M, c/n 2465, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 154858 16Sep68; xfer HMM-365 28Sep68; xfer HMM-264 12Feb70; xfer H&MS-26 02Oct70; xfer HMM-264 01Dec70; xfer H&MS-26 04Aug71; xfer NAS North Island A&T 28Feb72; xfer HMM-262 23Mar72; further unit xfers unk; xfer HMM-262, ET-4, unk; w/o 04Feb77.
1977 CH-46F 2545 US Marine Corps 156475 : BV-107M, c/n 2545, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 156475 26Aug69; xfer HMM-261 05Sep69; xfer H&MS-26 07Sep73; xfer HMM-264 19Dec73; xfer H&MS-26 21Mar74; xfer HMM-261 30May74; xfer HMM-261, EM-?? unk, w/o 24Jun77.
1977 CH-46F 2599 US Marine Corps 157700 : BV-107M, c/n 2599, ff?; accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157700 22Jul70; xfer HMM-261 08Aug70; xfer H&MS-26 27Aug70; xfer HMM-261 03Dec70; xfer H&MS-26 26Jan72; xfer HMM-264 04Apr72; xfer H&MS-26 16Oct72; xfer HMM-261 09Feb73; xfer HMH-362, YL-24, unk; w/o 20Oct77, dumped Sigonella.
US Marine Corps 157700 : 1976 asg HMM-162 I was a crew chief on this bird on USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7)
1977 ch-47c P-032 havanirooz 5-4078 : P032 / /B762 / CD030 N31761 w/o 17jul77
1977 ch-53a 65-057 US Marine Corps 153288 : Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-057, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 153288, unk
US Marine Corps 153288 : w/o 10mar77 HMH-361 /YN-21 unk
1977 ch-53a 65-122 US Marine Corps 153736 : Sikorsky S-65A, c/n 65-122, ff:?; del USMC as CH-53A 153736, unk
US Marine Corps 153736 : w/o 28dec77 HMH-361 /YN to be confirmed
1977 ch-53d 65-203 US Marine Corps 156956 : USMC d/d 29Aug69; 12Mar75 HMH-461, MCAS New River; w/o 11mar77 mid-air collision with CH-53D 157167 near Tryon, NC. no survivors
US Marine Corps 156956 : This was a flight of two CH-53D that left MCAS (H) New River North Carolina. The flight was headed for the Chicago area. I was a member of the rescue/recovery team. Of the eight Marines onboard, 4 died at the scene and four were rescued and treated at a local hospital. The accident was blamed on pilot error. They were flying in VFR conditions when weather required IFR. Greg Gardner
US Marine Corps 156956 : Controlled flight into terrain. Lead crashed into steep terrain first, wingman had just enough time to nose up and pancake instead of head on into mountain.
1977 ch-53d 65-204 US Marine Corps 156957 : Sikorsky S-65 c/n 65-204 ff?; accepted by USMC as CH-53D 156957 unk;
US Marine Corps 156957 : w/o 8dec77 with HMM-261
1977 ch-53d 65-232 US Marine Corps 157139 : HMH-462 /YF. w/o 21oct77 at Mindoro Philippines 24 fatalities of 37 aboard
US Marine Corps 157139 : I was with lsu foxtrot 3/4 it was fully loaded internally and lifting an external load. cable snapped up into the rotor blades. Myself and others were sent to recover the bodies. I still have nightmares. L/cpl P.H.Robinson H
1977 ch-53d 65-293 US Marine Corps 157167 : USMC d/d 31jul70; 05nov74 HMH-461, MCAS New River; w/o 11mar77 mid-air collision with CH-53D 156956 near Tryon, NC, no survivors
US Marine Corps 157167 : I was a 6113 in HMH-461 when this happened. I was going to go on this flight to Chicago to visit my sister in LaPorte, Indiana but decided not to go at last minute because I was broke that weekend. Somebody was looking out for me.
US Marine Corps 157167 : Pilots survived. Crash was controlled flight into terrain, flight of two. Dash 2 had just enough time after lead impacted to nose up for pancake into the side of mountain.
US Marine Corps 157167 : Hey my name is Alan I have been to that crash site various times there is two sites the lower sits all is left is a burned spot but the upper spot from the cockpit back is still there but to get to get that spot is a climb it's on side of the steep hill and there's a lot of the helo parts still there I've been trying to also get info on this crash
US Marine Corps 157167 : I was there
US Marine Corps 157167 : Pilots of the second aircraft survived. Everyone in the lead aircraft perished. I was in HMH-461 but deployed to the Med when it happened.
1977 h-34g.III 58-1562 US Navy 150762 : Sikorsky H-34G.III, c/n 58-1562, ff:1962; del BWR FR, Startford as H-34A, 150762, 12Dec62; soc 12Dec62.
Heeresflieger 150762 : del W. German Heeresflieger as 150762, 12Dec62; coded QB-477, unk; coded WE-572, unk; coded 80+75, unk; wfu & stored 1975?
Marineflieger 80+75 : former WE+572 as QB+477 from HFlgWaS, last seen as D-HAUB
Meravo Luftreederei GmbH D-HAUB : xfer Meravo as D-HAUB, Mar76; w/o Garmisch-Partenkichen, 30Sep77.
1977 h-34g.ii 58-1091 Heeresflieger : Sikorsky H-34G.II, c/n 58-1091, ff?; del W. Ger Heeresflieger as ?, unk; status unk.
Sikorsky Helicopters N37715 : 23dec75
YV-250C : jan76
YV-250C : w/o 21jul77
1977 h-34g.ii 58-1108 Heeresflieger : Sikorsky H-34G.II, c/n 58-1108, ff?; del W. Ger Heeresflieger as ?, unk; status unk.
D-HOSD : 3apr74
LN-OSD : 1apr74
LN-OSD : w/o 12nov77
1977 hh-1k 6313 US Navy 157189 : HAL-5 NW w/o 03nov77
1977 hh-52a 62-131 US Coast Guard 1448 : Sikorsky S-62C c/n 62-131, ff?; del USCG as HH-52A Seaguard 1448 unk; xfer Chicago CGAS unk; w/o 20Jan77.
US Coast Guard 1448 : date unk pictured at CGAS Chicago
US Coast Guard 1448 : She went down in the Illinois river in 1977 after hitting power transmission line, all 4 crew killed
1977 HH-53C 65-198 US Air Force 68-10368 : USAF; 67 ARRS w/o 24jun77 Woodbridge Air base UK; cockpit used for training at AFB Kirtland, Albuquerque New Mexico
US Air Force 68-10368 : 24jun72 pictured as HH-53C type refueling from HC-130N 69-5823 during airshow at Beavuchain, Belgium
1977 HRS-2 55-259 US Marine Corps 130176 : Sikorsky S-55 c/n 55-259, ff:?; del USMC as HRS-2, 130176, 14Oct52
US Marine Corps 130176 : soc 010967 Jacksonville N95760 w/o 15apr77 Lady Lake, FL
1977 hss-1 SA.132 Aéronautique Navale SA.132 : Sud Aviation HSS-1 c/n SA.132, ff?; del France Aeronavale as SA.132, 132/T, unk; xfer 31F unk; w/o 09Nov77.
1977 hss-1 SA.137 Aéronautique Navale SA.137 : Sud Aviation HSS-1 c/n SA.137, ff?; del France Aeronavale as SA.137, 137/S, unk; xfer 31F, unk; w/o 21Feb77.
1977 HSS-2 M61-039 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 8035 : Mitsubishi HSS-2 c/n M61-039, ff?; del JMSDF as 8035 unk; w/o 05Feb77.
1977 HSS-2 M61-041 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 8037 : Mitsubishi HSS-2 c/n M61-041, ff?; del JMSDF as 8037 unk; w/o 19Aug77.
1977 HSS-2 M61-053 Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force 8049 : Mitsubishi HSS-2 c/n M61-053, ff?; del JMSDF as 8049 unk; w/o 07Dec77.
1977 hss-2 61-056 US Navy 148984 : Sikorsky S-61, c/n 61-056, ff:?; del USN as HSS-2, 148984, 05Oct61; conv SH-3H, 05Oct76.
US Navy 148984 : USN; conv SH-3H; HS-9 w/o 17aug77
1977 hus-1 58-1438 US Marine Corps 149339 : Sikorsky HUS-1, cn 58-1438, ff:? del USMC as HUS-1, 149339, unk; redesig UH-34D, Oct62; xfer Chicago Helicopters as N66CH, unk; xfer South Africa as ZS-HCX, unk; ditched at sea off Capetown, South Africa 09Apr77.
Chicago Helicopter Airways N66CH : 11jun75
ZS-HCX : Held for SAAF Museum by 1979 (fuselage pod only)
1977 OH-6J 6335 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 31034 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6335, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31034 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 14Oct77.

1977 OH-6J 6373 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 31069 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6373, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31069 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 20May77.
1977 OH-6J 6396 Japan Ground Self-Defense Force 31092 : Kawasaki 369E, c/n 6396, ff?; del JGSDF as OH-6J, 31092 unk; unit xfers unk; w/o 11Jan77; pre unk.
1977 s61n.mk2 61-475 All Nippon Helicopter JA9513 : All Nippon Airways 1972, Sikorsky Serial N6984R 04jan71
Helikopter Service LN-OSZ : Helicopter Service from 30mar76; w/o 23nov77 enroute from Stavanger to Ekofisk oil complex ditched into North Sea and sank to a depth of 984 ft (300 m). 12 fatalities
1977 S-65C-3 65-351 Heil Ha'Avir 360 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-351 ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N4026S; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 360, Jan73; reserialled 960 unk; Flew into hill on West Bank, 54 killed, 10May77.
Heil Ha'Avir 960 : reserialled 960 unk; flew into hill on West Bank, 54 killed, 10May77.
1977 S-65C-3 65-394 Heil Ha'Avir 532 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-394 ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N4008S; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 532, May75; suffered main rotor loss, crew killed, w/o 17May77.
1977 S-65C-3 65-407 Heil Ha'Avir 558 : Sikorsky S-65C-3, c/n 65-407, ff?; retained by Sikorsky for testing as N4051S; del IDF/AF as S-65C Yasur 558, Oct75; crashed, crew killed 20Nov77.
1977 sa315b 2327 Fuerza Aerea Argentina H-65 : w/o 14jan77
1977 sa315b 2608 Fuerza Aerea Argentina H-67 : FAA d/d 1976; w/o 17feb77 at Cerro Maipu
1977 sa316b 149/1095 Schweizer Luftwaffe V-273 : SUI w/o 7Sep77
1977 sa316b 1747 Air Force of Zimbabwe 5713 : Aerospatiale SA.316B Alouette III cn1747, ff:?; del RhAF as 5713, Apr72; w/o 23Augr77.
1977 sa316b 1774 Air Force of Zimbabwe 5172 : Aerospatiale SA.316B Alouette III cn1774, ff:?; del RhAF as 5172, Apr72; w/o 17Mar77.
1977 sa316b 1863 Air Force of Zimbabwe 5176 : Aerospatiale SA.316 Alouette III cn1863, ff:?; del RhAF as 5176, Dec72; w/o 10Oct77.
1977 sa316b 1975 Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana FAE-975 : FAE d/d 1972. w/o 04jun77
1977 sa316b 1982 Fuerza Aerea Ecuatoriana FAE-982 : FAE d/d 1972. w/o 10mar77
1977 sa321g 161 Aéronautique Navale 161 : FN d/d 1973; 32F; w/o 18may77 Crashed in Djibouti
1977 sa330g 1377 Heli-Union F-ODFM : Heli Union d/d March 1977; w/o 21may77
1977 ah.1 1485 Army Air Corps XX461 : AAC Gazelle AH.1 built by Westland
1977 ht.2 1091 Fleet Air Arm XW859 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705Sqn; w/o 13jun77 collided with XX415 during formation practice at RNAS Culdrose. 1 fatality
1977 ht.2 1367 Fleet Air Arm XX415 : RN Gazelle HT.2 built by Westland; 705sqd /CU-559; w/o 13jun77 collided with XW859 during formation practice at RNAS Culdrose.
1977 se3130 1735 Heeresflieger 76+69 : PG-136; PG-207; HFB7; w/o 14.04.1977 Alfeld?
1977 has.1 wa 634 Fleet Air Arm XV646 : HAS.1  f/f 30 Jul 1969, d/d 19 Aug 1969, HAS.1 700Sq(S) Sq/584-CU 1969; w/o 25oct77 when ditched into the South West Approaches due to loss of yaw control while with 814Sq.
Fleet Air Arm XV646 : ditched in Bristol Channel off Lundy Isle on its way back to HMS Hermes
1977 mk43 wa 753 Luftforsvaret 072 : Mk43. dd 1972 to R Nor AF; w/o 30apr77
Luftforsvaret 072 : crashed while on a training mission west off Sola after rope and rescue cable was draged into the tailrotor causing the helicopter to get out of control and crash into the sea.
Luftforsvaret 072 : One of the crew was Kjell Asbjørn Hoem
1977 mk50 wa 794 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) N16-119 : RAN 908, ex G-17-8; w/o 09may77 crashed into Sea off Cocos Islands near HMAS Melbourne while making a night landing
1977 Sioux wa400 Army Air Corps XT241 : AAC Sioux AH.1 w/o 02Jan77
1977 Sioux wa577/was219 Royal Air Force XV323 : RAF Sioux HT.2 d/d 08mar68, based RAF Tern Hill with CFS (H) coded L - displayed Tern Hill Airshow 73, 24mar75 to G-BCZL
G-BCZL : Reg to British Executive Air Services, Coventry Airport EGBE, , w/o 25jul77
1977 TH-1L 6409 US Navy 157814 : HT-18 w/o 07sep77
1977 UH-1C 1861 Fuerza Aerea de Venezuela 1681 : FAV d/d 1969; BuNo 66-15133; w/o 26feb77
1977 UH-1D 8461 Heeresflieger 73+41 : HFR10 w/o 04.07.1977 Luenen
1977 UH-1E 6064 US Marine Corps 151870 : HML-776 w/o 13mar77
US Marine Corps 151870 : I was crew chief for this UH-1E while at VMO-1, New River NC in 1966
1977 UH-1E 6071 US Marine Corps 151877 : VMO-2 w/o 05dec77
1977 uh-1h 13602 Fuerzas Aeromóviles del Ejército de Tierra Z.10B-71 : ET-241. w/o 20apr77 would have been HU.10-71
1977 UH-1N 31444 US Marine Corps 159774 : USMC c/n not confirmed; w/o 25aug77
1977 UH-1N 31701 US Marine Corps 159691 : HML-367 VT. w/o 12jul77. c/n not confirmed
1977 UH-2A 19 US Navy 149015 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 19, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149015 unk; redesig UH-2A Oct 1962; redesig HH-2D, 1970; redesig SH-2D, 1973; redesig SH-2F, 1973; xfer HSL-33, TF-??, unk; w/o 22Jan77.
US Navy 149015 : 1967 UH-2A asg HC-2 Det.60 as /UP-04
US Navy 149015 : Crashed during nite approach to NAS Lemoore due to P/E. Damaged beyond economical repair.
1977 UH-2A 67 US Navy 149765 : Kaman K-20 Seasprite, c/n 67, ff?; del USN as UH2K-1, 149765 unk; redesig UH-2A in 1962; unit xfers unk; redesig SH-2F unk; w/o 24Jun77.
US Navy 149765 : 1964/65 as UH-2A type HC-1 on CVA-64 USS Constellation
US Navy 149765 : 1968/70 UH-2C type HC-1
US Navy 149765 : SH-2F Helicopter /JA-31 was assigned to VX-1 at NAS Patuxent River, MD and crashed on its final approach to the base killing all 3 aboard. The pilot was LT. Steven Howdershell, Copilot LT Richard Creighton and Air Crewman AW 2 Robert Emery. They were all great friends and I still think of them some 40 years later. See Memorial Site - https://www.forevermissed.com/lost-shipmates-vx1/
1977 UH-2B 92 US Navy 150142 : USN HU2K-1U; redesig UH-2B in 1962; HSL-33 /TF-14, unk; w/o 11Mar77
US Navy 150142 : 1967-68 UH-2C type asg HC-1 Det.63
US Navy 150142 : HH-2C type as HC-7 /VH-23
US Navy 150142 : w/o 11Mar77 crashed at sea during nite approach to USS Worden (CG-18) near Wake Island
1977 Wasp f.9558 Fleet Air Arm XS531 : d/d 1963. To 700Sq 700W IFTU/993 by Jul 1963. 829 Sq/471 Hydra Flt by Jul 1971, to Fleetlands by Sep 1971. 703 Sq/504 by Jul 1972.
Fleet Air Arm XS531 : w/o 29 Mar 1977 with 703 Sq/504, ditched into sea SE of Portland while landing on HMS Rothesay, recovered and wreck to AIU Lee on Solent by Apr 1977.
1977 Wasp f.9586 Fleet Air Arm XT416 : dd 03 Dec 1964 to RN; 829 Sq/183-ES Eskimo Flt by early 1965; 829 Sq Naiad Flt/470-NA by Apr 1967 still Mar 1970; RNAY Fleetlands by Jun 1970; 829 Sq /472 by Sep 1970 still Feb 1971; NASU Culdrose by Jul 1972 still Feb 1973; to NASU Yeovilton May 1973; 829 Sq Trials Flt uncoded by Nov 1973 still Aug 1974; 829 Sq Zulu Flt/442 by Feb 1975 still Jul 1976, crushed in deck lift accident and w/o 20 Jul 1977; RNAY Fleetlands dump as /442 by Aug 1977 still 1985.
1977 Wasp f.9589 Fleet Air Arm XT419 : dd 23 Dec 1964 to RN as XT419. RAF Bahrain SAR Flt/422 by 1965 still 1970, RNAY Fleetlands by Oct 1971 still Feb 1972, 829 Sq Phoebe Flt/472 by Jul 1972, marked as the fictitious /471 Hero Flt for BBC TV Series Warship Jan 1973 still Jul 1973, 829 Sq Phoebe Flt/471 by Jul 1974, 829 Sq Galatea Flt/452 by Oct 1974, RNAY Wroughton by Apr 1975 still May 1977 (with Engadine Flt badge on doors). To G-17-1 sold to Brazilian Navy (FAMB).
Força Aeronaval da Marinha do Brasil N-7036 : ex UK RN as XT419. To G-17-1, then to FAMB 1977 (N-7018 ntu ?) as N-7036, w/o 21 Nov 1977.
1977 Wasp f.9730 Fleet Air Arm XV635 : Royal Navy HAS1 type
Fleet Air Arm XV635 : dd 22 Apr 1969; 829Sq Charybdis Flt/431 by Jul 1969, forced landing at Simonstown Mar 1973; 829Sq Cleopatra Flt/463 by Nov 1975 still Jul 1976, ditched in sea and sank 5 Apr 1977 near Eddystone Lighthouse, while operating from HMS Cleopatra (F28); recovered and to Lee-on-Solent by Jun 1977.
Fleet Air Arm XV635 : 1969, allotted to HMS Charybdis (F75) Flight from new. First commission pilot Lt Geoff Gadsden RN. AS12 Missile Aimer EA1 Bill OBrien; 1970/71, served in Med, Far East, Australasia, Pacific and Japanese waters. Call sign 431
Fleet Air Arm XV635 : w/o 05apr77, 829 sqd
1977 has.31 wa213 Fleet Air Arm (RAN) N7-213 : Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA213, f/f:18/02/63; del RAN as N7-213, 823, 01Mar63; On board HMAS Melbourne, Spithead Deployment, 28/04/77, until ditched with HS817, unk; noted at RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset, UK, 22-28Jun77, to participate in mass flypast for Queens Silver Jubilee celebration, (only RAN helo to take part).; Ditched 13/07/77, North Sea, Europe. The aircraft was performing plane guard duties from HMAS Melbourne on Exercise Highwood in the Irish Sea with Lt(P) Phil Pinniger RAN. The carrier was in the process of launching A-4G Skyhawks at the time. The Wessex ditched and Lt Pinniger, Aircrewman Bob Cousins and ships diver, Abata Richard Stanford exited the aircraft. The aircraft was then cut in half by the destroyer HMAS Brisbane that had steamed into position to pick up the aircrew. Divers from Melbourne attached crane cables and airframe less its tail section was raised onto the deck. Portion of fuselage now in private ownership at Auburn, NSW as of 1998.
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