Incident Percival Provost T1 WV511, 18 Jun 1957
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56672
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Type:Percival Provost T1
Owner/operator:RAF Flying College
Registration: WV511
MSN: PAC/56/074
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Aslackby, 2 miles S of Folkingham South Kesteven Lincolnshire England -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Cranwell, Lincolnshire (EGYD)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.Mk.1 WV511: Delivered 30/11/1953. Operational service career was with 22 FTS and as "J-P", of the RAF Flying College, Cranwell

Written off (destroyed) 28/6/57 - Abandoned by the crew during a spin over Aslackby, two miles south of Folkingham, South Kesteven, Lincolnshire: aircraft failed to recover from inverted spin, dived into the ground and was destroyed. Both crew bailed out and parachuted to earth safely.

Note that the official Air Ministry file into the incident (File AVIA 5/37/S2882 - see link #5) gives the crash location as "Near Barston Heath" [sic - presumably a "typo" for "Barkston Heath", which is approximately 13-14 miles north west of Aslackby]. Also, the other official Air Ministry file (File BT233/388 - see link #4) gives the crash location as "near Cranwell, Lincs" [sic](Cranwell is 15 miles north of Aslackby, and where WV511 took off FROM , not where it came down!)


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.190 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 101)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.252
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/388:
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/37/S2882:

Revision history:

21-Apr-2012 14:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Nov-2019 12:09 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-Jan-2020 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2020 16:11 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]
06-Aug-2020 21:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
06-Aug-2020 21:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Aug-2020 21:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Narrative]
13-May-2021 20:12 Vicktor Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]
13-May-2021 20:12 Vicktor Updated [Location, Operator]

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