Beschrijving:At 14,000 feet the pilot lost control of the aircraft resulting in a dive, the aircraft then began to break up at around 1,500 feet.
|Datum:||vrijdag 20 september 1957|
|Type:||Vickers Varsity T.1|
|Luchtvaartmaatschappij:||Royal Air Force - RAF|
|Motoren:|| 2 Bristol Hercules 264|
|Bemanning:||slachtoffers: / inzittenden: |
|Passagiers:||slachtoffers: / inzittenden: |
|Totaal:||slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 5 |
|Gevolgen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Plaats:||Falstone, Northumberland ( Verenigd Koninkrijk)
|Fase:|| Kruisvlucht (ENR)|
|Vliegveld van vertrek:||?|
|Vliegveld van aankomst:||?|
The Varsity was attached to the 2 ANS at RAF Thorney Island and operated on a navigation training exercise.
A Board of Inquiry into the accident was held but was unable to determine the cause of the accident. Only those on board knew what had really occurred but our records indicate that the Board, whilst unable to say for certain what had happened, concluded that the mostly likely reason that the aircraft broke up was that it had been overstressed but there was no evidence to say why this had occurred and the Board could only conjecture.
» Andrea Garlick (E-mail, 16-2-2011)
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Vickers Varsity / Roger Lindsay and Geoff Cruickshank, 1987
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.