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Last updated: 18 October 2019
Date:Wednesday 27 March 1963
Type:Vickers 668 Varsity T.1
Operating for:Smiths Aviation
Leased from:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: G-APAZ
C/n / msn: 561
First flight: 1952
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Staverton Airport (GLO) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Staverton Airport (GLO/EGBJ), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Staverton Airport (GLO/EGBJ), United Kingdom
Varsity G-APAZ was being used to conduct a check flight for the pilot, who wanted to be approved as a Varsity test pilot. A single engine runway 22 approach and overshoot were carried out. At 3 or 4 miles from the airport, at a height of 600-700 feet, the aircraft banked to the right and the pilot reported a total engine failure. G-APAZ lost height and crashed into a house on Tuffley Avenue.
The aircraft was leased from the Royal Air Force 1 ANS and also carried the military serial WF415.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Selection of the starboard engine "idle-cut-off" switch to CUT-OFF instead of the port to the RUN position, when attempting to re-start the port engine, resulted in a complete loss of power at a low height and the aircraft struck a house in the ensuing crash-landing."

» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


photo of Vickers-668-Varsity-T-1-G-APAZ
accident date: 27-03-1963
type: Vickers 668 Varsity T.1
registration: G-APAZ


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