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Date25/08/1954
CasualtiesMr P.D. Byrne, RAE Farnborough FTO
AircraftFairey Gannet AS Mk 1 WN348
Took off fromHMS Albion
Purpose of flightDeck trials
Incident locationLost at sea
Incident detailsStarboard engine compressor failed during a catapult launch and aircraft ditched off Albion's starboard bow. Pilot only rescued


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