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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 231042
Last updated: 15 February 2020
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Type:Gloster Meteor F.Mk 4
Owner/operator:1 Sqn Royal Air Force (1 Sqn RAF)
Registration: VT172
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Taxi
Departure airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Destination airport:RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex
Gloster Meteor F.4 VT172,: Written off (damaged beyond repair) 14 September 1948 when engine exploded into flames while taxiing at RAF Tangmere, Chichester, West Sussex. The aircraft had landed at Tangmere at the conclusion of an aerobatic sortie. The pilot then opened the throttles to provide enough power to taxi off the runway, when there was a flash fire in the port engine nacelle, caused by a "blow back" igniting fuel, which had leaked into the port engine nacelle, due to a faulty fuel control valve. PIlot escaped from the Meteor uninjured., but the airframe was deemed "damaged beyond economic repair" due to fire damage.


1. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents. Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.79. ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft SA100-VZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1985 p 83)
3. Final Landings A Summary of RAF Aircraft and Combat Losses 1946 - 1949 p 428 by Colin Cummings
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/29/W2429:

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Revision history:

02-Dec-2019 18:27 Dr. John Smith Added
02-Dec-2019 19:01 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Narrative, Operator]
15-Feb-2020 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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