7 March 1962 this aircraft yawed on landing at Thorney island [242OCU] with the wingtip striking the ground the aircraft caught fire and was a write off, my thanks to George Bish for the use of the photos, thankfully all aboard survived
07/03/1962 TG508 Crashed on landing and caught fire at Thorney Island.
My father, George Bish, was instructor Engineer on TG508 on this aircraft when it crashed and a student Flight Engineer was in the chair for the landing. My father has also asked me to inform you that the reason this and TG610 crashed at Thorney (Island) was due to the terrible crosswinds and the size of tail plane of the Hastings. The runway was parallel to the hangars and the wind used to blow fiercely from the west between the Hangars and across the main runway. Two of the hangars were angled in the form of a funnel that channelled the wind and therefore caused a crosswind to the runway.
The crews of both these aircraft tried in vain to correct a lift to the wing in direct line of the funnel but unfortunately were not successful. TG508 just missed the control tower whilst TG610 hit the Radio Servicing Flight Workshop at the end of the runway causing severe injuries to the personnel inside.