ASN Aircraft accident Handley Page Hastings C.1A TG577 Little Baldon
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Date:Tuesday 6 July 1965
Time:16:00 GMT
Type:Silhouette image of generic hphs model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Handley Page Hastings C.1A
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: TG577
MSN: HP67/68
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Little Baldon (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Abingdon RAF Station (ABB/EGUD), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Benson RAF Station (BEX/EGUB), United Kingdom
The Hastings departed RAF Abingdon carrying parachute troops for a drop over Weston-on-the-Green. Shortly after takeoff the Hastings climbed steeply out of control, stalled and crashed into the field. It appeared that due to metal fatigue of two of the elevator bolts, additional stress on two more bolts caused the failure of those bolts.

Elevator issue
Loss of control

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Hastings Bangs and Prangs and Splashes and Crashes


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Abingdon RAF Station to Benson RAF Station as the crow flies is 17 km (11 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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HP Hastings

  • 147 built
  • 32nd loss
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