Incident between a Laker 707 & BCal 1-11's
Gatwick - Early 1970s
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My thanks go to Andrew Rozumski for sending in his photos of this incident, which happened at the Domestic Pier of the South Terminal back in the early 1970's.
Andrew recalls: "We saw the incident happen outside our office at about 0500hrs (we used to work in Export cargo at the time).
The Laker 707 was being towed from the hangar to a stand on P2 but as it went around the bend by Stand 1 (after crossing the threshold of runway 26L) the two bar pin broke and there was no brake man in the cockpit and the aircraft came to a rest in between the BCAL 1-11s."
I have done some digging and the Laker 707 is G-AWDG (you can tell by the fuselage panel colours under the nose and the lower ventral fin). The two BCal 1-11's are G-AWYV and G-ASJI (we think).
In the first photo below the -200 is nearest the camera in the foreground, and the top of YV's tail can just be seen behind the Laker 707.
G-AWYV appears to have been pushed by the 707's wing, which is why she is angled and quite a way from the stand's centre line.
BCal 1-11 G-AWYV's starboard wing is wedged under the Laker 707. BCal Engineering's Ron Thaxter (in the hat) with Pete Davies and Jesse James can be seen walking towards the 707's nose wheel. I am sure Dad, Pete and Jesse are less than impressed with the damage to two serviceable 1-11's.
The BCal 1-11-200's port wing is caught by the Laker starboard engine
Does anyone recall the incident at all or know more about it please?
I would be pleased to know more myself and place any recollections here for folks to read, please drop me a line anytime
My thanks to Ian Barber for suggesting the name of Jesse James (Quality) for the 3rd photo and also for the -200 Reg, G-ASJI
And thanks to Stephen James, Jesse's son, for confirmation of names and events