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
MSN:
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
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Woodford Airfield, Cheshire
Destination airport:RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
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.

Sources:

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: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C424536
4. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 6/21418: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C4031728
5. http://www.ukserials.com/results.php?serial=XA
6. http://www.avrovulcan.org.uk/bae/891_under.htm
7. http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1958/1958-1-%20-%200391.PDF
8. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1959.htm
9. https://walkington-life.co.uk/home/near-miss-at-high-hunsley/
10. https://www.airteamimages.com/avro-vulcan_XA891_united-kingdom---royal-air-force_327254.html
11. https://film.iwmcollections.org.uk/record/1797/media_id/2721

Media:


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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