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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Monday 19 March 1951
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.2
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WD478
C/n / msn: HP67/106
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Strubby RAF Station (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Strubby RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Strubby RAF Station, United Kingdom
Hastings WD478 was flying sorties out of RAF Strubby. During one of these sorties the aircraft climbed steeply after takeoff. The airplane stalled and dived into the ground. The elevator trim was possibly set fully up, causing the plane to stall.

Wrong takeoff configuration (flaps/trim)
Loss of control

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Hastings Bangs and Prangs and Splashes and Crashes
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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