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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 24 June 1951
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VX498
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1950
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Choma Airport (FLCH) (   Zambia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Livingstone Airport (LVI/FLLI), Zambia
Destination airport:Ndola Airport (NLA/FLND), Zambia
Narrative:
The Valetta attempted to land at Choma following an engine failure. The aircraft could not be brought to a stop on the runway and overran. It impacted an ant hill, which caused the undercarriage to collapse.

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» UK Serials


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Distance from Livingstone Airport to Ndola Airport as the crow flies is 614 km (384 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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