Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 19 August 1952
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VX559
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1950
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) N of Benson RAF Station (BEX) (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Benson RAF Station (BEX/EGUB), United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Valetta departed RAF Benson at night during poor weather circumstances which included low clouds and rain. The aircraft flew into the ground in a slight turn to the left and caught fire.

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


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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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