29/03/1981 – Potez 840 (F-BMCY)

Potez 840 F-BMCY operated by Club Aéronautique de Paris made a wheels-up landing at Sumburgh. Damage was minimal and the aircraft was parked on a stand for many months. The four Astazou engines and other useful parts were removed and the airframe dragged off to a quiet corner of the airfield to be abandoned. When the runway was extended it was saved and now resides in a private garden in North Roe in the north of Shetland. Only 4 Potez 840s were ever built.

General characteristics

  • Crew: 3
  • Capacity: 18 passengers
  • Length: 15.89 m (52 ft 1 in)
  • Wingspan: 19.60 m (64 ft 4 in)
  • Height: 5.19 m (17 ft 0½ in)
  • Wing area: 35.0 m2 (377 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 5,430 kg (11,970 lb)
  • Gross weight: 8,900 kg (19,620 lb)
  • Powerplant: 4 × Turbomeca Astazou X turboprops, 477 kW (640 hp) each

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