Accident description
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 6 July 1965
Time:16:00 GMT
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.1A
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: TG577
C/n / msn: HP67/68
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 35
Total:Fatalities: 41 / Occupants: 41
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Little Baldon (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Abingdon RAF Station (ABB/EGUD), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Benson RAF Station (BEX/EGUB), United Kingdom
Narrative:
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.

Classification:

Loss of control

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


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Distance from Abingdon RAF Station to Benson RAF Station as the crow flies is 17 km (11 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.
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