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Accident description
Last updated: 28 May 2016
Date:Wednesday 6 January 1954
Type:Vickers Valetta T.3
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WJ474
C/n / msn: 599
First flight: 1952-04-22 (1 year 9 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 13
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 17
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Aldbury, Hertfordshire (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Bovingdon RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Thorney Island RAF Station, United Kingdom
Four minutes after takeoff the aircraft lost height and hit a tree during a blizzard.

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley


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Distance from Bovingdon RAF Station to Thorney Island RAF Station as the crow flies is 104 km (65 miles).

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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