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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 25258
Last updated: 25 September 2020
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Date:29-JUN-1951
Time:night
Type:Vickers Wellington T Mk X
Owner/operator:6 ANS Royal Air Force (6 ANS RAF)
Registration: MF633
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kiverton Park, near Sheffield, South Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Swinderby, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
On the evening of 29th June 1951 a Vickers Armstrong Wellington T.Mk.10, MF633, flying out of RAF Swinderby in Lincolnshire crashed at Kiveton Park near Sheffield on its way back to base after a routine night-navigation exercise. Its crew of three were all killed at the scene.

Part of the crew's training flight was to feather the prop (fly with the use of only one engine). It was whilst descending, ready for their approach to RAF Swinderby (less than 15 minutes flying time from Kiveton Park to RAF Swinderby) that the plane crashed into a field at Kiveton Park (at approximately 5334′11″N 125′46″W)

MF633 flew low the rooftops of Joey Lees corner shop on the corner of the Hard Lane and the B6059 Station Road, Kiveton Park (the site today of a new corner shop and Daz's Barber shop) seconds before impact.

All of the three crew members were killed:

Pilot Officer Thomas Andrew Blair Bond, pilot.
Flying Officer Ryland Leonard Luffman, navigator.
Sergeant Bernard Leslie Curson, air signaller.

Causes: It was determined by the RAF Board of Inquiry that, during the final approach, the pilot-in-command was distracted by lights located in a coal mine. Investigations revealed that the pilot's attention was focused for a few seconds on these lights, a sufficient period of time to cause the loss of control of the aircraft.

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1951/archives/crash-of-a-vickers-619-wellington-x-in-sheffield-3-killed/]
2. http://poshoneposh.wixsite.com/artwork/single-post/2013/10/15/Disaster-at-Kiveton-Park


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
16-Mar-2017 22:59 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 18:24 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]

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