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Date Posted: 11/10/09 5:59:09
Author: Laurence M Bean
Subject: Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri
In reply to: Dennis Thornbury 's message, "Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri" on 10/10/09 6:46:00

Hi Dennis. Thanks for adding some more information on this sad loss. It seems the aircraft was overshooting, as you mentioned, when it lost power and crashed.

BTW, we have an active forum with plenty of ex-RAF guys on another board. Lots of line shooting and banter. Why not join us there. Might help with your ongoing research. The link to the site is:


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[> [> [> Re: Canberra crash, Akrotiri -- Al Allcroft, 28/02/10 21:03:00

Just came across the lengthy discussions about XM267 'E' of 3 Squadron which crashed at Akrotiri in Dec 1970. I was on '3' at the time and was Sergeant i/c Burial Party for the funeral of Kim Petty - Fitzmaurice our S.A.C Safety Equipment expert.
Kim was laid to rest in the Miltary Cemetary at Rheindalen, Germany by a burial party made up of friends from 3(F) Squadron.
Tribute to him can be found on the Armed Forces Memorial site. He is buried in Grave Section F, Grave G1.
A great guy .. good man to work with and greatly thought of by his friends and colleagues on '3'

From what I remember after all these years, the aircraft was on approach to Akrotiri's runway when for some reason the crew initiated an over-shoot. When the engines were throttled up the stbd responded but the port was reported to have dropped power.
The skipper, F/O Ellis, was quite a small chap and I seem to recall the accident report saying that because of his short leg reach he would have had difficulty putting on full opposite rudder to control the assymetric engine thrust. The result of low power, etc caused the aircraft to roll over and crash into the earth bank on far side of Akrotiri runway.

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