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Last updated: 13 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 7 July 1960
Type:Vickers Varsity T.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WJ914
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1952
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,4 km (4 mls) SSW of Oakington RAF Station (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Unknown (UNK)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Wyton Airport (EGUY), United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Vickers Varsity WJ914 was on an inspection visit at RAF Oakington and had high ranking RAF Officers on board. While on a crosswind course at 1500 ft, an RAF de Havilland DH-100 Vampire T.11 (XD549) approached. The Vampire had just taken off from Oakington on an instruction flight with Pilot Officer Jarvis J Ball at the controls together with his instructor. This aircraft had amber screens with PO Ball wearing blue goggles. The Vampire made a climbing turn to the left and came up beneath the port wing of the Varsity whose pilot was seemingly unaware of its approach. The starboard wing of the Vampire prevented the instructor from seeing the Varsity. The Vampire sheared the port wing off and turned onto its back in a half roll to the left. The Varsity crew also lost control and both aircraft crashed near RAF Oakington.
The Varsity was serving with RAF Technical College.

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» E-mail Richard P Nebel (4-8-2007)
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Vickers Varsity / Roger Lindsay and Geoff Cruickshank, 1987
» List of occupants on board WJ914 and XD549


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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