Accident
Last updated: 25 October 2014
Status:
Datum:dinsdag 26 april 1955
Tijd:ca 00:15
Type:Vickers Varsity T.1
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registratie: WF426
Constructienummer: 569
Bouwjaar: 1952
Motoren: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 1
Slachtoffers op de grond:slachtoffers: 4
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Onnaing (   Frankrijk) show on map
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Ilegale Vlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Thorney Island RAF Station, Verenigd Koninkrijk
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Beschrijving:
On April 25, 1955 about 19:00 local time, the Varsity plane was taken on an unauthorised flight by a mechanic from Thorney Island RAF Station. The airplane flew towards the London area, circling the city. All the time the airplane was being chased by another Vickers Varsity from Thorney Island. After three hours the chase plane lost sight of the stolen plane. The mechanic continued flying low over southern England and then across The Channel to France. Shortly after midnight the airplane crashed into a farmhouse at Onnaing, near Valenciennes in northern France. Four occupants of the house were killed, along with the pilot.

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


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