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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21110
Last updated: 19 April 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.Mk 2
Owner/operator:Empire Test Pilots School (ETPS)
Registration: WJ730
C/n / msn: 71249
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire (EGLF)
Destination airport:Farnborough Airfield, Farnborough, Hampshire (EGLF)
EE Canberra B.2 WJ730 ["18"] ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School), RAF: Written off 25/10/1962 while flying at low altitude (800 feet) with one of the jet engines shut down the aircraft suddenly rolled, and dived inverted into the main runway at Farnborough, exploding into a ball of flames. A Board of Inquiry found no fault with the aircraft and that Flt Lt Oldham had responded appropriately when the aircraft began to stall but was too low to recover flying trim.

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Liverpool Echo" - Thursday 25 October 1962):

Both Men From R.A.F.
Both occupants were killed when an English Electric Canberra crashed on the airfield at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, Farnborough (Hants) this afternoon. The men killed were from the R A.F. - a pilot and an observer from the Empire test pilot school, Farnborough."

Pilot: Flight Lt 1582812 Derek Oldham AFM (aged 38) RAF killed.
Observer: Flight Lt 577045 William Ivor Douglas England (aged 39) RAF killed.

At the time of the crash, the aircraft was coded "18" with the ETPS, and fitted with a red extended nose probe.(Photographed as such 08/09/1962). WJ730 had also been seconded to Lucas Fuel Systems Ltd for research, flight tests and trials into a prototype Fuel Tank Purging system. Formally struck off charge 12/02/1963


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.146 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 12)
3. Liverpool Echo - Thursday 25 October 1962

Revision history:

15-Jun-2008 21:48 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:30 JINX Updated
08-Jul-2008 10:02 JINX Updated
08-Apr-2013 23:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Dec-2018 09:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Feb-2020 16:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Feb-2020 16:46 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
15-Feb-2020 00:15 Iwosh Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Operator]
18-Feb-2020 20:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2020 20:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
21-Feb-2020 14:20 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]

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