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Crash Landing at Portsmouth Airfield

Published: 28th June 2008 10:25

Sent in by Peter Keat

"Do you remember those fateful two days when three aircraft crash landed at Portsmouth airfield.? This effectively ended the service run by Channel Airways and the air service was never the same again. I remember cycling down on my bike to look at the sight, something never to be seen again."

 

 

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Mick B
At 22:09 on 23rd November 2008, Mick B commented:
Hi.
I beleive they were Hawker Siddley 748's that ran from the Portsmouth Airfield to the Channel Islands. I was around 14 years old and on holiday with my parents in Cornwall, in a static rented caravan on a site near Plymouth when the story of the crashes made the front page of the morning daily newspapers. The Mirror maybe???
Peter K
At 07:33 on 25th November 2008, Peter K commented:
Hi Mick,

It certainly gave me a shock when I rode past on my bike.
Melvyn Griffiths
At 15:04 on 7th July 2009, Melvyn Griffiths commented:
They are indeed HS 748's.
I was on duty at nearby RAF Thorney Island at the time when news came through that the aircraft had hit the boundary fence. I was sent to go and have a quick look to see if any assistance was required.
RAF Thorney Island was operating 2 x 748's for VIP duties so we had most of the kit available to help out if required but as it turned out we were not needed and strictly speaking it was a civil matter rather than a military one.
The aircraft had "aquaplaned" on the wet grass and failed to stop in time (obviously!) which was surprising really because the 748 was brilliant at short landings and take off's which is why Channel Airways operated these aircraft from the City Airport.
Being a Portsmouth ( Drayton) Lad I had my first flight from the City airport at the age of 10 to the IoW in a DH Rapide flown by a Woman Pilot who I found out many years later was a famous and decorated RAFVR Pilot during the war and had delivered everything that ever flew from a Spitfire to Lancaster bombers.
I also witnessed the crash of a DH Tiger Moth that crashed into the creek on the approach to the airport whilst I was fishing off the Eastern Rd. road bridge aged about 11 then.
The two pilots were unhurt and climbed out and sat on the tail of the sinking Tiger Moth until a boat from nearby Tudor sailing club reached them and rescued them.
I ran all the way to the sailing club to tell them what had happened but the crash was witnessed by members of the Tudor SC anyway.

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