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Last updated: 3 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 2 May 1951
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VW156
MSN: 326
First flight: 1948-11-11 (2 years 6 months)
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,2 km (2 mls) NNW of Fayid (   Egypt)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Fayid RAF Station, Egypt
Destination airport:Fayid RAF Station, Egypt
The Valetta crashed during a parachute drop demonstration of a military container from 800 feet. The parachute deployed over the top of the port tail plane causing the aircraft to immediately bank and dive into the ground.

Loss of control

» 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
» Roy Selwyn
» David Garbett (E-mail, 10-3-2011)

Follow-up / safety actions
The roller conveyor method of dropping supplies was a factor in this accident and was rarely used afterwards.


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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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