A Supermarine Scimitar aircraft falls into the Atlantic Ocean while landing aboard HMS Victorious.
Atlantic Ocean Date:1958, September 25 Duration:55 sec Sound:Yes
A Supermarine Scimitar aircraft lands aboard British Naval aircraft carrier Victorious underway in the Atlantic Ocean. HMS Victorious underway at sea as a Supermarine Scimitar, a British fighter aircraft, comes in for a landing. The aircraft lands perfectly, but is suddenly thrown over the side, into the sea, as the arresting cable snaps. The pilot, Commander John D. Russell, is unable to open his canopy to escape. A helicopter is dispatched to assist. But a sailor suspended from the helicopter is unable to help because the plane's canopy is jammed shut. The aircraft sinks with the pilot trapped inside. (Note: This dreadful accident occurred while the HMS Victorious was operating off the Isle of Wight. The pilot, Commander John .D. (Des) Russell, Royal Navy, was Commanding Officer of the new 803 Squadron. embarking for the first time at sea from the Royal Naval Air Station Lossiemouth in Scotland. The aircraft, Scimitar F1. XD240 coded 145/V, sank in 220 ft. of water after plunging into the sea.)
This historic stock footage available in HD and SD video. View pricing below video player.
Have a correction or more info about this clip? Edit Now