Helicopter Westland Wessex HAS.31 Serial wa220 Register N7-220 used by Fleet Air Arm (RAN) RAN (Royal Australian Navy). Built 1963. Aircraft history and location
Year 1963 to 1989
|Fleet Air Arm (RAN)|
|1963-05-20||Westland Wessex Mk.31A, c/n WA220, f/f:09/05/63|
del RAN as N7-220, 830, 20May63
During May 1985, while on the ground at Sydney, this aircraft failed to start, another Wessex which was to return with 830 to Nowra had a door open in flight at Sydney and its door was swapped with that of 830 to allow one aircraft and crew to return to Nowra. This aircraft was later repaired and returned to Nowra, 03Nov85.
While conducting a winching demonstration at the annual Shoalhaven Spring Festival, the aircraft suffered an engine failure and made a heavy forced landing into a paddock at Shoalhaven Heads, 7nm from RANAS Nowra. Crew Lt(P) G. Sydney, RAN, POACM Culley & LSATWL Fields
Fields injured in crash. Withdrawn, 31/12/89. Stored at Nowra and scrapped.