Canberra B.2 WJ615 (22/11/1956)

Canberra B.2 WJ615 was being utilised for Diversion Practice Training on 22nd November 1956.

Its crew comprised:

  • Anthony Ashley Redman (Pilot)
  • Alan Albert Mansell (Navigator)

The AM Form 1180 shows “The aircraft made a normal QGH from 25,000ft during a night diversion exercise at Kinloss and was seen to climb away from an overshoot height of 300ft. No further transmissions were received from the pilot. Within a short while a witness heard a jet aircraft pass at an unusually low altitude and saw its outline flying south on a straight course. A few seconds later he saw a flash as it hit the hills. The following morning, wreckage was found on the top of Sagairt Mor (Carn an t-Sagairt Mor, Scotland) at a height of 3,430ft A.M.S.L.

Both crew members were killed


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Court of Inquiry

A Court of Inquiry reported “The Court is unable to find a direct cause of the accident but considers it was probably caused by one of the following:

  • deliberate low flying
  • pilot unknowingly low flying
  • the occurrence of an emergency or failure resulting in loss of altitude.

There is no direct evidence to support any of these possibilities.

The C in C considers it unlikely that the pilot flew low intentionally and thinks the possible cause was a faulty altimeter due to water accumulating and freezing in the static line.


Notes:

  1. The Accident Card also has some comments regarding the flying experience of the pilot which has been excluded from this record
  2. The Accident Card suggests that it was a No. 50 Squadron aircraft being flown by No. 35 Squadron crew
  3. There are photographs of the wreckage on many websites