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Last updated: 27 November 2021
Date:Tuesday 5 March 1957
Type:Blackburn Beverley C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: XH117
MSN: 1023
First flight: 1956-11-07 (4 months)
Engines: 4 Bristol Centaurus 173
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 17
Total:Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 22
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sutton Wick (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Abingdon RAF Station (ABB/EGUD), United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
About 30 minutes after departing from RAF Abingdon, fuel starvation occurred. The Beverley crashed into a farm, killing two people on the ground. It appeared that a valve in the fuel system had been installed backwards, causing fuel starvation early in the flight.

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