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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 20420
Last updated: 29 August 2019
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Date:14-JUL-1954
Time:13:10 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic hpvi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Handley Page Victor B.1
Owner/operator:Handley Page Aircraft
Registration: WB771
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Cranfield, Bedfordshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Test
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Position error calibration flight involving level runs at 100ft over Cranfield airfield at increasing speeds. After numerous runs over the airfield, induced tail flutter caused cracking of the bolt holes in the fin. These allowed the three bolts securing the tailplane to loosen and shear in quick succession, the complete tailplane and elevators broke away from the aircraft. The remainder of the aircraft dived into the ground at full power, striking exactly at the intersection of the two Cranfield runways.

Crew:
Test Pilot:Sqn Ldr R.N. Ecclestone DFC AFC RAF killed.
Flight Test Observer:Mr E.N.K. Bennett killed.
Flight Test Observer:Mr B. Heithersay killed.
Flight Test Observer:Mr A.B. Cook killed.

Sources:

Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999


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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Jun-2008 18:14 JINX Added
16-Dec-2013 13:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
16-Dec-2013 14:59 TB Updated [Time, Aircraft type]
07-May-2014 07:24 Anon. Updated [Source]

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