Incident Avro Vulcan B.1 XA891,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55325
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Date:Friday 24 July 1959
Time:c. 11:40 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic VULC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro Vulcan B.1
Owner/operator:A.V.Roe (Avro)/MoA
Registration: XA891
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Near High Hunsley, 6 nm north of Brough airfield, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Woodford Airfield, Cheshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Shortly after taking off on a test flight two of the Vulcan's generators failed and control of the aircraft began to be lost.

The captain, Avro's chief test pilot Jimmy Harrison ordered his all-civilian crew to abandon the aircraft. All landed safely under their parachutes. Whilst diverting to Waddington, the electrics were finally lost and, out of control, the aircraft went into a flat spin. Both pilots successfully ejected.

The Vulcan crashed in a flat spin to the right on open ground, near High Hunsley, 6 nm north of Brough airfield, East Yorkshire, and was completely destroyed by impact and fire.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.202 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 8)
3. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/415:
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 6/21418:


Revision history:

30-Apr-2009 18:41 angels one five Updated
22-Aug-2011 12:56 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Mar-2012 04:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Jan-2020 01:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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