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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 86892
Last updated: 14 October 2019
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Type:Handley Page HP88 prototype
Owner/operator:Handley Page Aircraft Company
Registration: VX330
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Stansted Airfield -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Stansted
Destination airport:Stansted
The HP88 was a high speed research aircraft built to test the aerodynamics of the wing and tailplane of the projected Handley Page Victor jet bomber.
It was essentially a Supermarine Attacker jet fighter fuselage with 1/4 scale versions of the Victor wing and tail unit added.
On 26/8/51 the aircraft was carrying out a high speed run across Stansted Airfield in preparation for an appearance at the forthcoming SBAC display at Farnborough.
At a height of 300 feet and at a speed of about 525 knots the HP88 commenced a series of uncommanded oscillations which terminated in a violent nose up movement causing the aircraft to break up in flight.
The pilot, Flt-Lt D.J.P. Broomfield DFM, Handley Page's deputy chief test pilot, was killed in the crash.
The accident was attributed to a failure of the tailplane servo control system.


Revision history:

26-Dec-2010 00:38 angels one five Added
26-Dec-2010 00:41 angels one five Updated [Date]
15-May-2012 13:16 ryan Updated [Source, Narrative]
30-Nov-2012 03:36 geoffddv Updated [Embed code, Narrative]
16-Jun-2014 21:36 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code, Narrative]

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