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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:
Date:Thursday 12 July 1951
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VW194
C/n / msn: 350
First flight: 1949-02-11 (2 years 5 months)
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) ENE of Lyneham-RAF Station (LYE) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lyneham RAF Station (LYE/EGDL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Dishforth RAF Station (EGXD), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Valetta had returned from Malta and departed Lyneham on its way to RAF Dishforth. After takeoff an engine caught fire. The pilot attempted to return to the airport, but the propeller of the working engine was feathered. The aircraft flew into the ground.
There were three crew members and seven trainees on board.

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
» David Garbett (E-mail, 10-3-2011)
» The Times, Sat 14 Jul 1951


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Distance from Lyneham RAF Station to Dishforth RAF Station as the crow flies is 293 km (183 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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