Narrative:The airplane was being used on a test flight for an asymmetric safety speed assessment.
|Date:||19 OCT 1959|
|Type:||Vickers Varsity T.1|
|Operator:||Royal Air Force - RAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 540|
|First flight:|| 1952|
|Engines:|| 2 Bristol Hercules 264|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||6,4 km (4 mls) N of Tangmere (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
|Departure airport:||Boscombe Down RAF Station (EGDM), United Kingdom|
|Destination airport:||Boscombe Down RAF Station (EGDM), United Kingdom|
The pilot lost control after applying full power to one engine at 10,000ft in take-off configuration. The aircraft stalled and entered a spin from which it did not recover. The Varsity was serving with RAF ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School)
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Distance from Boscombe Down RAF Station to Boscombe Down RAF Station as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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.