Accident Percival Provost T Mk I WV561, 21 Jun 1954
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Type:Percival Provost T Mk I
Owner/operator:22 Flying Training School Royal Air Force (22 FTS RAF)
Registration: WV561
MSN: PAC/56/107
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Thorpe-on-the-hill, 6 miles SW of Lincoln, Lincolnshire. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.Mk.1 WV561: Delivered 12/2/54. Sole RAF service (just over four months) was with 22 FTS, RAF

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 21/6/54: dived into the ground at Thorpe-on-the-hill, six miles south-west of Lincoln, Lincolnshire during an instrument rating training flight. The aircraft was seen to fly below cloud at an altitude of approximately 900 feet in a semi-circular path. It then dived into the ground at high speed for reasons that could not be determined. Both crew killed

Crew of Provost WV561:
Flying Officer Raymond Henry Carter RAF (Instructor Pilot, aged 33)
Acting Sub Lieutenant Matthew Alexander Hutchinson RN (Pupil Pilot under Instruction, aged 24)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.160 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 102)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.66
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/216:

Revision history:

06-Mar-2013 17:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2018 07:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
08-Jan-2020 22:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Jan-2020 22:48 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
13-Apr-2020 00:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
13-Apr-2020 08:50 Investig Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]
15-Apr-2020 20:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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