11th October 2013

A Trislander ate itself between Jersey and Guernsey

When passengers filed off Aurigny’s Trislander G-RLON on 11 October 2013, they noticed something strange had happened to the tail engine. Part of the housing had come away and caught on the propellors during its flight from Jersey to Guernsey. The propellors were slightly damaged as a result.

The flight had landed safely with 15 passengers and one crew member onboard, none of whom had noticed any problems. However, it was still classed as a serious incident by the Air Accident Investigation Board.

When put in for repair, the engineers observed that cracks to the cowling on aircraft as old as these Trislanders wasn’t unusual. Nonetheless, they hadn’t seen one that had lost its fastenings before – as this one had.

G-RLON strikes again

Four years earlier, the same aircraft had had to return to Guernsey Airport shortly after taking off. On that occasion, a warning light in the cockpit indicated that the nose baggage bay door had opened. While still over the sea, the door separated.

An examination of other Trislanders in the fleet showed that they were exhibiting some wear around the same latching mechanism. As a result, manufacturer Britten-Norman issued a Service Bulletin specifying an inspection of the latch.

G-RLON was retired in February 2017 and sent to the Solent Sky Museum where it was put on display. It completed more flights than any other Aurigny Trislander. According to the Guernsey Airport website, it racked up more than 32,600 hours in the air and 105,000 landings. The RLON part of its name stood for Royal London Insurance, which used to advertise on the exterior of the craft.


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Other events that occured in October

Guernsey Post Office was established 1st
Guernsey switched to Reichsmarks 2nd
Sark was the target of Operation Basalt 3rd
Sark voted for democracy 4th
Guernsey lifeboat saved a Swedish schooner 5th
Jeeves actor died in Guernsey 6th
Sarnia Theatre celebrated its most successful year 7th
The Story of Adele H opened in cinemas 8th
Howards’ Way came to Guernsey 9th
Guernsey Ladies’ College opened 10th
A Trislander ate itself between Jersey and Guernsey 11th
The Channel Islands’ king set sail for England 12th
Major General Sir Isaac Brock died 13th
Footballer Matt Le Tissier was born 14th
Island FM brings commercial radio to Guernsey 15th
Channel Television saw off a rival broadcaster 16th
The first mines were dug on Sark 17th
Sark’s Stocks Hotel was damaged by fire 18th
Elizabeth College’s foundation stone was laid 19th
Hitler ordered the Channel Islands’ fortification 20th
Guernsey’s stone crackers demanded a pay rise 21st
The desalination plant opened 22nd
Sir Charles Hayward buys Jethou for £91,000 23rd
Guernsey Monopoly board game went on sale 24th
Dame Sibyl Hathaway chose her Desert Island Discs 25th
GUNS founder Charles Machon died 26th
Bailiff Sir Peter de Havilland was born 27th
A man “disappeared” from a Guernsey ferry 28th
Express & Star bought Guernsey Press 29th
The first lighthouses were built on the Casquets 30th
States of Guernsey voted to lower the voting age 31st