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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 163751
Last updated: 2 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LANC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Lancaster Mk I
Owner/operator:A&AEE (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment )
Registration: R5539
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 mls NE of Malmesbury, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:Boscombe Down
Destination airport:Boscombe Down
The Lancaster had taken off from Boscombe Down with a simulated full bomb load of concrete bombs to carry out diving trials from 13,000ft down to 5,000ft at various engine settings.
Witnesses saw the Lancaster emerge from cloud in a slight dive, then roll onto its back and right itself before diving steeply into the ground at very high speed. A subsequent investigation revealed that a panel just over 5 feet by 2 feet had come away from behind the outboard engine due to the failure of the rivets holding it in place. This panel then hit the tailplane and the aircraft had then gone out of control.


Revision history:

09-Feb-2014 14:10 harro Added
19-Oct-2014 17:25 Route Updated [Operator]

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