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Type: de Havilland DH.108
Owner/operator: de Havilland Aircraft Co.
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Fatalities: Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Egypt Bay, Thames Estuary, Kent. -
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Destination airport: Hatfield, Hertfordshire Narrative: A test flight was being conducted to assess the controllability of the DH 108 at high speeds at low altitudes ( 5,000 feet ) in preparation for an attempt at the world air speed record.
A dive was started at 10,000 feet and the jet had reached 650 miles per hour by 5,000 feet at which point it became violently unstable and broke up, losing both wings. The de Havilland Chief Test Pilot, Geoffrey de Havilland, died in the crash. Sources
Watkins, David. De Havilland Vampire: The Complete History. Thrupp, Stroud, UK: Budding Books, 1996. ISBN 1-84015-023-8.
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