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Two planes careered off a slippery grass runway

August 15, 1967, and the Channel Airways aircraft comes to rest near the edge of Portsmouth Airport, the first of two crashes that day

August 15, 1967, and the Channel Airways aircraft comes to rest near the edge of Portsmouth Airport, the first of two crashes that day


 

Peter Austin raided his extensive collection of photographs taken in Portsmouth for the pictures on this page.

The main image shows the crashed Channel Airways plane at Portsmouth Airport on August 15, 1967. It was the fateful day that two aircraft skidded off the grass runway at the aerodrome alongside Eastern Road.

In this incident there were no major injuries and the plane slid up an embankment at the edge of the airfield.

The second aircraft, also unable to stop, ended up on Eastern Road. Only one woman had a leg injury and the plane avoided a collision with any cars on the busy road. The crash caused traffic chaos. At that time there were only two roads on to Portsea Island – Eastern Road, blocked by the crash, and the A3 across Portsbridge.

Peter, from Fratton, took the picture of the same plane at the airport on an earlier occasion.

 

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