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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 13 February 1953
Type:Vickers Varsity T.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WF332
C/n / msn: 524
First flight: 1951
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) SSW of Swinderby RAF Station (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Swinderby RAF Station (EGXS), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Swinderby RAF Station (EGXS), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Varsity was involved in a night time training flight. In the first session both pilots had carried out four circuits. After the next takeoff the airplane turned downwind. Probably because of other traffic in the circuit, the pilot attempted to take avoiding action. He lost control and the airplane crashed.
The airplane was serving with RAF 201 AFS.

Classification:
Near miss
Loss of control

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


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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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