Accident description
Last updated: 31 July 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 21 February 1954
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WJ494
C/n / msn: 579
First flight: 1951-08-08 (2 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) S of Singapore-Changi RAF Station (   Singapore)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN/VVTS), Vietnam
Destination airport:Singapore-Changi RAF Station, Singapore
Narrative:
The Valetta was on a singe engine approach to RAF Changi when it lost height, contacted trees and crashed. The airplane caught fire.
The aircraft was serving with the RAF Far East Transport Wing and originated in Hong Kong before making a planned stop at Saigon.


Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Straits Times, 23 February 1954, Page 1


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Distance from Saigon-Tan Son Nhat International Airport to Singapore-Changi RAF Station as the crow flies is 1087 km (679 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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