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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55327
Last updated: 16 April 2019
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Time:12:58 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VULC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Avro Vulcan
Owner/operator:A V Roe Ltd
Registration: VX770
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Syerston, Nottinghamshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
Destination airport:Hucknall, Nottinghamshire
The prototype Avro Vulcan had left its base at Hucknall on a test flight relating to its Conway engines.

If time permitted at the end of the test flight the Vulcan was to make a flypast at the RAF Syerston Battle of Britain At Home display.

The bomber was being flown by a crew from A.V. Roe Ltd with an RAF navigator.

At 1257 Z (GMT) the Vulcan approached Syerston from the west to make a run down Runway 07 at a height of 250 feet and at a speed of between 200 and 300 knots.

Passing the Control Tower at a speed estimated by those on the ground to be about 350 knots the Vulcan started a shallow climb and began to roll to starboard. At this point a kink was seen to appear in the leading edge of the starboard wing which then began to break up.

The wing became enveloped in a cloud of fuel vapour and was seen to have broken off up to the starboard wheel well.

The aircraft then began a shallow dive with a roll to port, shedding the vertical fin. The starboard wing was now on fire.

The bomber continued its roll to port with the nose coming up to vertical, and a fire now breaking out in the port wing.

The Vulcan was then obscured momentarily in a plume of flames, but reappeared with its nose pointing almost straight down. It continued in this attitude until striking the ground adjacent to the far end of RWY 07.

The aircraft's port wing destroyed the fire/rescue Land Rover parked there as well as the runway controllers' caravan, killing 3 RAF servicemen and seriously injuring another.

All four crew members were killed as were three ground crew. The ground crew were associated with a ground caravan near the crash point. They were runway controllers.


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Revision history:

01-May-2009 02:41 angels one five Updated
18-May-2010 20:19 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
16-Aug-2011 04:22 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
12-Mar-2012 04:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Mar-2012 17:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Apr-2012 00:51 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
26-Jul-2012 03:47 Updated [Embed code]
04-Sep-2013 19:00 Paul Updated [Narrative]
05-Feb-2014 16:08 TB Updated [Time, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Jun-2014 22:51 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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