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Bristol 171 Sycamore HR Mk14 XJ381

photos courtesy of Alan Leary and Satya

On August 7, 1957, XJ381 was on normal routine flight from Fort Telanok to Tanah rata when the pilot at the control Pilot Officer Jim McCorkle having trouble with the weather closing in and tachometer instruments failed. He found a lonely helipad at a mountain range at 3,500 feet. During an approach, XJ381 suddenly lost height and he managed to land the helicopter. The nose wheel touch the landing pad but the main rotors hit the landing pad and disintegrated. Pilot Officer Jim with his passenger on board escaped unhurt and sadly XJ381 was written off.

With the help of local guides Satya and Alan Leary who currently tracing back some Valetta wreckage, managed to track down XJ381. Most of the parts were salvaged by British after the crash.

Sycamore Mk14 introduced at Malaya in early 50's replacing Westland Dragonfly is primary British Air Operation at that time. Used for lifting troops to dense jungle, evacuate injured soldiers, bringing supplies, air recon and also bringing dead CTs out from the jungle.



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