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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 25 June 1952
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: VP261
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Griffon 57
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:19 km (11.9 mls) off Berwick-upon-Tweed (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Scampton RAF Station (SQZ/EGXP), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Scampton RAF Station (SQZ/EGXP), United Kingdom
The Shackleton was carrying out dummy attacks on British submarine HMS Sirdar, during 'Exercise Castanets' in the North Sea. It lost height in a turn, contacted the sea and crashed.

» 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
» VPI Book of Remembrance


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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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