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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 7 July 1936
Type:Vickers Valentia
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: K3166
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
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Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mersa Matruh Airport (MUH) (   Egypt)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Heliopolis RAF Station (HEAZ), Egypt
Destination airport:Mersa Matruh Airport (MUH/HEMM), Egypt
The Vickers Valentia transport aircraft of No. 216 (Bomber Transport) RAF Squadron, Heliopolis, crashed whilst engaged in a night flying exercise. The aircraft came into land to one side of a flare path, lost height from 800 feet with side slip, struck the aerodrome fence, hit ground with a wing, and turned over before catching fire from a Holt flare.
Of the 13 on board, 7 were killed (3 non RAF) and 6 injured (4 non RAF).

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Heliopolis RAF Station to Mersa Matruh Airport as the crow flies is 416 km (260 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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