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TG580 48 Squadron Changi crashed at Gan  [Groundlooped] on 3rd July 1959, all on board survived [photo from S/Ldr BillW, taken from a Britannia on take off from Gan] I have several photos of this accident. I also have a first hand report from fellow forum member Eric Sumsion who was aboard when 580 crashed, that is to follow....

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I was sent this photo a few years ago, any one recognise the Air Chief or diplomat/government official [source unknown]

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More on the demise of TG580 at Gan

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Above Rick/Stan Vince

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Hastings TG 580 Gan July 3rd 1959 Harry Stanley.jpg

Crashes in a sidewind exceeding 23 knots TG580 after groundlooping at RAF Gan 3rd July 1959, no serious injuries, I have had communication with some of those on board and had the pleasure of meeting Harry Stanley who took this photo at IWM Duxford in 2002

580 was a C1A Hastings and was based at RAF Changi with 48 Squadron after the essentials were stripped from the Hastings the aircraft was towed into the Gan lagoon on barges and sunk in c80' depth of water



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I have re read the report on the crash and disagree with the cross wind theory. I watched the aircraft coming in, I was standing near the edge of the runway, no crosswind. The starboard undercarriage collapsed on touchdown after a level landing. The aircraft scraped along the runway eventually veering off to Starboard the wing tip catching the coral which put out the fire and spun the aircraft through 180 degrees then coming to rest. I can still see it in my minds eye,even now   Anyway, keep smiling
 
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Geoff  
 
NCO i/c SASF eye witness


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