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Last updated: 26 November 2021
Date:Monday 19 October 1959
Type:Vickers Varsity T.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: WF381
MSN: 540
First flight: 1952
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:6,4 km (4 mls) N of Tangmere (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Boscombe Down RAF Station (EGDM), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Boscombe Down RAF Station (EGDM), United Kingdom
The airplane was being used on a test flight for an asymmetric safety speed assessment.
The pilot lost control after applying full power to one engine at 10,000ft in takeoff configuration. The aircraft stalled and entered a spin from which it did not recover. The Varsity was serving with RAF ETPS (Empire Test Pilots School)

Loss of control

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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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