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The waters of Vobster Quay also house a medium-sized turboprop Hawker Siddley HS-748 airliner.

Name Dive Site:Hawker Siddley HS-748 Aircraft
Depth: 39-85ft (12-26m)
Inserted/Added by: vobster

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Finning along near the Crushing Works at a depth of 12m, you could be forgiven for questioning your eyesight as a most unexpected sight comes into view. Lying in three sections at various points around the lake, you'll find the wreck of a Hawker Siddley HS-748 Aircraft. Donated by Exeter Airport, the HS-748 (designation G-AVXJ) was a 58-seat twin prop aircraft that served with the Civil Aviation Authority carrying out flight calibration work until the late 1990s.

Vobster's latest diving attraction took its place in the lake with the invaluable assistance of the Royal Engineers of the British Army. Split into three sections lying at various depths between 12m and 26m, the aircraft wreck offers divers of all experience levels an exciting diving opportunity that's not to be missed.

The cockpit and tail sections can be found lying close together on the 12m plateau near the crushing works and shallow training platforms whilst the center section lies in deeper water near the 20m training platform and pump works. For visitors to the 9 and 6m training platforms, the cockpit section provides a pleasant and interesting detour for trainee and visiting divers alike.

For those with overhead environment training, all sections of the wreck provide considerable potential for penetration - you can swim up through all three sections of the fuselage exploring the banks of aviation equipment still in situ. In particular, watch out for the cockpit which still has many of its flight controls in place. And, of course, don't forget to visit the crew toilet with latrine still in place - just in case you do happen to get caught short during your dive.


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