New Aircraft Wreck Attraction For Popular UK Dive Spot
The cockpit and forward portion of a 737 fuselage has been sunk for divers at Wraysbury Quarry, a popular inland diving site west of London.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-377, was first discovered by the team from Wraysbury Dive Centre at Kemble Airfield - also known as Cotswold Airport - in Gloucestershire, England. Her first flight was in 1986 for Ansett Australia, flying until the company folded in 2002. In 2003, it was leased by British channel-hopping airline Channel Express before being bought by budget airline Jet2 in 2005, seeing out her last few years as a cargo plane before being decommissioned in 2017.
The front half of the aircraft arrived at Wraysbury in May 2020, but plans for its sinking were delayed by the coronavirus pandemic. The rear portion of the cockpit was, apparently, destroyed in one of the Fast and Furious movies.
The project was sponsored by dive training agency SSI, with assistance in acquiring the fuselage from Air Salvage International. The wreck was sunk, with the aid of local company Lee Lifting. in the shallower part of the lake, so that all divers and snorkellers can enjoy the attraction.
For more information, visit the Wraysbury dive centre website at www.wraysbury.ws, or give the team a call on 01784 488007