Squadron Scrapbook
Aircraft Accidents

Page Four

The photos on this page show the wreckage of R5D 56518 which, as stated on Accidents Page One, crashed across the Ouid Sebou River from NAS Port Lyautey. The accident was ruled "pilot error" because of actions by a "check pilot" during recertification of another pilot. It was reported that one engine on the starboard side was cut with the engine fuel mixture control at or soon after takeoff, followed almost immediately by another on the same side. The pilots were then unable to maintain directional control or gain sufficient altitude to clear the terrain on the West side of the river, which is adjacent to and in close proximity to the runway. The aircraft touched down and slide several hundred yards uphill before coming to rest basically intact near concrete bases for a defunct radio tower. However, fire broke out almost immediately. Of the eight soals on board, seven escaped through the pilot's side window. The eighth crewman exited the aircraft via the starboard over-the-wing hatch. All but one crewman escaped without injury; the unfortunate fracturing his wrist by diving, rather than jumping, out of the pilot's window.


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The burned out nose section of R5D 56518.

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/Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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wreckage of R5D 56518.

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Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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Wreckage of R5D 56518.

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