Sixty years since Britannia air crash

Published on: 02 Oct 2017

NEXT month marks the 60th anniversary of the Britannia air crash in Downend.

The 90-ton aircraft came down in Lincombe Woods, killing all 15 men on board. Homes in Overndale Road were damaged, but miraculously no on on  the ground was killed.

The prototype airliner, G-ANCA, crashed as she was returning to her base at Filton following a test flight.

Ten years ago, Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council put up a memorial in the woods - now renamed Britannia Woods - and hundreds of people turned up to pay tribute to pilot Hugh Statham and his crew.

Look out for a special feature about the crash in November's Downend Voice. And if you have memories of the tragedy, please email us at


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