Westland Wasp





c/n f.9723


Year 1968 to 1972




Helicopter Westland Wasp Serial f.9723 Register XV628 used by Fleet Air Arm (Royal Navy). Built 1968. Aircraft history and location







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XV628

united kingdom Fleet Air Arm

1972-01-20AWSATFAA d/d 11 Mar 1968
w/o 20jan72 as 829 Sqdn/464 Danae Flt, tail rotor coupling failure while returning to RAF Tengah from Horsborough and crashed into a Malaysian coconut plantation 829 NAS
I was the mechanic on this aircraft, and onboard in the left hand seat when it crashed. We were returning to RAF Tengah at about 400ft when the pilot Lt Joseph transmitted a "Mayday" we descended rapidly spinning and out of control. I regained consciousness to find the missile aimers sight on my lap, sat in a heap of wreckage under palm trees. After freeing myself I released my SABRE aerial and within a few minutes a RAF Whirlwind appeared overhead and we were both airlifted to Changi hospital!




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