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

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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.

The same Channel Airways plane on an earlier occasion at Portsmouth Airport
The same Channel Airways plane on an earlier occasion at Portsmouth Airport

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.

The coal wharf at the Camber, Old Portsmouth, in the days when the hoppers on the right were filled with the black stuff to fire the old nearby power station
The coal wharf at the Camber, Old Portsmouth, in the days when the hoppers on the right were filled with the black stuff to fire the old nearby power station
Peter Austins picture of Guildhall Square in the days when it was not only open to traffic but also offered parking spaces around the statue of Queen Victoria
Peter Austins picture of Guildhall Square in the days when it was not only open to traffic but also offered parking spaces around the statue of Queen Victoria
 

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