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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 18 February 1951
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VX514
C/n / msn: 454
First flight: 1950
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 22
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Stockholm-Bromma Airport (BMA) (   Sweden)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Uppsala Air Base (ESCM), Sweden
Destination airport:Cranwell RAF Station (EGYD), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Valetta's no.2 propeller had been feathered because the engine suffered from oil problems. Also, the main radio had become unserviceable. Adding to that, smoke was seen coming from beneath the floor in the rear of the cabin. The crew attempted to make an emergency landing at Bromma Airport. Weather was poor and the airplane was not very well lined up with the runway. An overshoot was commenced, but the airplane barely climbed due to the effects of airframe icing. The pilot then made a forced belly landing in a clearing on a high ground ahead.

Classification:
Icing
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
» Schenectady Gazette - Feb 19, 1951
» David Garbett (E-mail, 10-3-2011)
» The Panama American (February 22, 1951)


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Distance from Uppsala Air Base to Cranwell RAF Station as the crow flies is 1330 km (831 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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