• Short Summary

    A Royal Naval pilot dies as his plane slides from the deck of an aircraft carrier.

  • Description

    Full title reads: "Portsmouth. Naval Pilot Killed".

    Solent, Hampshire.

    GV Elevated shot of Royal Navy ratings and officers formed up on deck of aircraft carrier HMS Victorious. SV Officers looking out to sea, waiting for the first of the Scimitars fighter bombers to arrive. GV Flight deck of the Victorious and a cloud of smoke comes from one of the Victorious' guns. CU Officers looking out for the first of the aircraft.

    LV Scimitar plane piloted by Commander John Desmond Russell coming in to land, it touches down, hooks onto the arrester wires, goes past camera which pans with it. Wire breaks and plane rolls along deck. SV Aircraft in sea with waves lapping over the cockpit in which is Commander Russell. LV Helicopter flying over the aircraft with man who has been lowered on line to try and rescue Commander Russell, but the waves are still lapping over the closed cockpit, GV Helicopter with man still on line flying away from the spot where aircraft has sunk.

    GV Victorious, helicopter flying over it.


    Note: Incident took place 25 September 1958.

    Cataloguer's Note: - The drowning pilot can clearly be seen in this footage - use with care - MD.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:10:48:00 / 01:12:03:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    This tragic incident occurred on 25 September 1958.

    The pilot was Commander John Desmond Russell.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Thanks for providing his full name for us.

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  3. Unknown user says

    An enquiry was held into why the arrestor gear failed? What about why he could not open the cockpit and escape? Surely it didn't require someone outside the plane to open the cockpit?

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