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Accident description
Last updated: 23 August 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 20 January 1954
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VL282
C/n / msn: 309
First flight:
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3,2 km (2 mls) SSW of Lyneham-RAF Station (LYE) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lyneham RAF Station (LYE/EGDL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Istres-Le Tubé Air Base (LFMI), France
Narrative:
Elevator control failed after takeoff, causing the Valetta to climb steeply. The aircraft stalled and impacted farm terrain.
The aircraft was engaged in transporting RAF personnel and their families to the air base at Istres in France.

Classification:

Loss of control

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» David Garbett (E-mail, 10-3-2011)
» Daily Mail, 21 Jan 1954


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Distance from Lyneham RAF Station to Istres-Le Tubé Air Base as the crow flies is 1020 km (637 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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