Narrative:The Handley Page Hermes was on a test flight when the controls became jammed. Eyewitnesses saw the plane descending in a series of dives and climbed until it crashed and caught fire.
|Date:||Tuesday 1 April 1958|
|Type:||Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IVA|
|C/n / msn:|| HP.81/22|
|First flight:|| 1950|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Meesden Green (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
|Departure airport:||London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS), United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the elevator mechanism becoming jammed. This deprived the pilots of control of the aircraft. The jamming was due to the presence of a small extraneous object which entered the control mechanism."
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (109-112)
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.