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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 3 March 1952
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VW153
C/n / msn: 323
First flight: 1948-11-04 (3 years 4 months)
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Butterworth RAF Station (BWH) (   Malaysia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Butterworth RAF Station (BWH/WMKB), Malaysia
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff from RAF Butterworth, a no. 1 engine fire warning forced the crew to return to the airport. They shut down the engine. The Valetta lost altitude in the turn back towards the runway and contacted palm trees. It crashed onto the runway.

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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
» UK Serials


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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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