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Accident description
Last updated: 30 May 2016
Date:Tuesday 10 October 1961
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.2
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WD498
C/n / msn: HP67/126
First flight: 1951
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 17 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:El Adem RAF Station (   Libya)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:El Adem RAF Station, Libya
Destination airport:?
During takeoff from RAF El Adem the pilot's seat slid back. The Hastings stalled and crashed, bursting into flames.

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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.
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