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Accident description
Last updated: 24 October 2017
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Date:Thursday 26 March 1953
Type:Vickers Varisty T.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WJ938
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1953
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Cyprus)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus
Narrative:
During taxiing the nosewheel steering failed. The pilot informed ATC and continued to taxy using differential braking. He attempted a double bend, but then the brakes failed. The Varsity left the taxiway and ran into some parked fuel tankers.
It was serving with RAF Advanced Flying School.

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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
» The Vickers Varsity / Roger Lindsay and Geoff Cruickshank, 1987


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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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