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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Sunday 12 August 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic SHAC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Shackleton MR.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VP283
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Griffon 57
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:9 km (5.6 mls) off Gibraltar-North Front Airport (GIB) (   Gibraltar)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Gibraltar-North Front Airport (GIB/LXGB), Gibraltar
Destination airport:Gibraltar-North Front Airport (GIB/LXGB), Gibraltar
The Shackleton was on final approach to Gibraltar when the undercarriage hit the end of the runway. Both main landing gear legs were sheared off and the pilot performed a go around. Unable to land, the airplane was ditched into the sea.
The Shack operated on a conversion training flight for the 224 Squadron. The pilot was reportedly blinded by the sun during the approach.

» L'Echo d'Oran 14 August 1951, p2
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» The Avro Shackleton / as compiled by Chris Ashworth
» Air Enthusiast 47


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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