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Glenn WORTLEY. Senior Aircraftsman 4115681, Royal Air Force, aged 21 years. On Saturday, 18th February 1956, a four engined Avro York aircraft, G-ANSY, belonging to Scottish Airlines crashed near Zurrieq. It had been chartered by the Royal Air Force and was being used to carry troops from Suez in Egypt, to the U.K., with a stop-over in Malta. Born 8th February 1935, lived at Wolsingham, Co. Durham. At rest in Plot 3. Row 3. Grave 10. Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta.

As the plane took off, the air traffic controllers at Luqa airport saw smoke coming from one of the engines, and informed the pilot, Captain Frank Coker, immediately. The plane appeared to climb to around 1,000 feet before going into a dive and crashing into the ground.

As it was loaded with around 2,000 gallons of high octane aviation fuel, the plane exploded on impact and was engulfed by flames. The men on board numbered a crew of five, with 45 passengers, all RAF personnel except one Army Private. When the rescue services arrived at the scene it was clear that there were no survivors. The bodies of the co-pilot, navigator, radio officer and an air hostess were taken to the U.K. for burial. All the others are here in Imtarfa Military Cemetery, Malta

Extract from a newspaper
Disaster news in midst of Gaiety

Senior Aircraftman Glenn Wortley of the village of Wolsingham, County Durham. Friends and neighbours had planned a combined birthday party and a welcome home party. He was 21 two days before crash. he was an only child.

from 'To fly no more' by Colin Cummings.

18-Feb-56, Avro York, G-ANSY, York, Scottish Av, Near the Blue Grotto, Zurrieq, Malta.
The aircraft was engaged flying service personnel from the Suez area to UK and had stopped to refuel in Malta. Immediately after take-off it was reported that the aircraft was in difficulties with various reports of engine failure or fire. In attempting to return to the airfield at Luqa the aircraft crashed and all aboard were killed.

Captain Frank COKER 40, Pilot First Officer R GORVIN 30 Co-Pilot, Radio Officer J HAY 37, Navigation Officer R BEECHLY 38, Miss G UPHAM Air Stewardess
(First Officer Gorvin and Miss Upham were engaged to be married)

Corporal Raymond WILLIAMS, Leading Aircraftman John Leslie FITZPATRICK, Aircraftman 1st Class Michael Joseph FLEMING, Leading Aircraftman Peter Roy CARLTON, Leading Aircraftman Roy HAMPSON, Leading Aircraftman Dennis PARKER, Leading Aircraftman Stuart Henderson BUTCHART, Leading Aircraftman Ernest Richard HARRIS, Aircraftman 1st Class Richard YOUNG, Leading Aircraftman Michael PYE, Leading Aircraftman John Fortune WILSON, Corporal John David COLLIER, Corporal Cornelius Christopher BURKE, Corporal James Arthur EDWARDS, Leading Aircraftman John Marshall HOLLIDAY, Flight Sergeant Herbert Frederick GEORGE, Corporal William STEVEN, Sergeant Jack Ward SPENCE, Corporal Philip John BLY, Leading Aircraftman Gordon KENYON, Leading Aircraftman Frederick Robert James KEATING, Corporal John James MACKAY, Corporal Reginald Frederick WEARING, Corporal George Anderson CRAIGIE, Leading Aircraftman Alexander Murray BARBOUR, Corporal Walter George TALBOT, Corporal Brian Charles PRATCHETT, Sergeant Bryan Frederick John ALBERRY Corporal John Raymond COX, Leading Aircraftman Dougald BROWN, Leading Aircraftman Mervyn John NURSE, Senior Aircraftman Glenn WORTLEY, Leading Aircraftman William Waterson FLEMING, Leading Aircraftman Douglas MILLAR
Corporal Jack BRACEWELL, Corporal John Stuart Elliott FAWCETT, Sergeant John Albert SPENCER, Senior Aircraftman Thomas Geoffrey DUMBILL, Leading Aircraftman Timothy DRURY-LOWE, Corporal Alan James PATERSON, Senior Aircraftman Sidney Andrew HODSON, Leading Aircraftman Keith Emlyn WILLIAMS, Corporal Thomas Kenneth ROBERTS, Private A SMITH RAOC.

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