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Last updated: 23 July 2019
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Date:Tuesday 19 August 1952
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VL266
C/n / msn: 171
First flight: 1948
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hook, Hampshire (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Farnborough Airport (FAB/EGLF), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Vickers Valetta C.1 was engaged in a flight test out of Farnborough, relating to the change of trim with power and speed.
The aircraft was seen in a shallow dive from 2,000ft to 1,500ft. The fin and rudder detached followed by port then starboard wings.

Classification:
Tail failure
Loss of control

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» Test Flying Memorial


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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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