ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55299
Last updated: 24 November 2014
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Date:15-OCT-1982
Time:08:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic hpvi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Handley Page Victor K.2
Owner/operator:55 Sqn, RAF
Registration: XL232
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Marham, Norfolk (KNF/EGYM) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Marham Norfolk (KNF/EGYM)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
At approximately 08:50 on 15 October 1982 a fully fuelled Victor Tanker, XL232, started its take-off run at Marham. As the massive airframe lumbered down the runway one of its four Rolls Royce Conway Turbojets suffered a catastrophic failure, causing shattered turbine blades to slice through fuel tanks. As the airframe gathered speed a rapidly growing fire developed.

Take-off was quickly aborted and the Crash Crew mobilised within seconds. All five of the aircrew were seen to evacuate and a mass foam attack was initiated using two Mk 9 foam tenders. The Crash 1 crew then managed to gain entry to the cockpit to try and shut-down the engines and fuel systems.

Unfortunately the fire was too large to be extinguished completely during the initial stages and the crew were forced to replenish their water tanks using hard suction. Further delays were caused by a failure of one vehicle to prime, and ejection seats and cylinder started to explode in the intense fire.

Local Authority Appliances arrived from Kings Lynn and Swaffham and the crews set up water relay to the crash site. However, the fire continued to re-ignite time after time again and the crews worked hard for over eight hours before the it was finally extinguished

Sources:
1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft XA100 - XZ999, published 2001
2, Handley Page Victor: The Crescent-Winged V-Bomber (Aerofax)
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1982.htm
3. http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/incidents.htm
4. http://www.rafanddfsa.co.uk/20100611-Victot1982-U.pdf
5. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/Victor.htm
6. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Handley_Page_Victor#Accidents_and_incidents

XL232 at Woodford on 23 June 1973Victor XL232, Woodford Air Show, 23-6-73e

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-Aug-2011 09:49 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2012 13:56 harro Updated [Total occupants, Source, Embed code]
02-Jun-2013 01:39 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Oct-2013 20:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Embed code]
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