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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Friday 11 December 1964
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-125-1
Operator:Hawker Siddeley Aviation
Registration: G-ARYC
MSN: 25003
First flight: 1963-02-12 (1 year 10 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Filton Airport (FZO) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Chester/Hawarden Airport (CEG/EGNR), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Filton Airport (FZO/EGTG), United Kingdom
While the first DH-125 production prototype was flying from Hawarden to Filton, with only the two crew aboard, the hydraulic failure warning system operated. The flight was continued to Filton where attempts to lower the undercarriage by the emergency system were unsuccessful. After a strip of' foam had been laid on the runway, the pilot carried out a wheels-up landing, without flaps. Flaps were not used because the pilot preferred the flatter attitude that he could then maintain for the touchdown, and the aircraft, which was fueled with kerosene, touched down in a flat and level attitude and a small fire appeared under the centre section as it came to rest after sliding about 900 yards. Firemen were on the scene at once and the fire was very rapidly extinguished.

Gear-up landing
Forced landing on runway

» Accidents to Aircraft - A United Kingdom Survey for the year ended 31st December 1964


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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 Chester/Hawarden Airport to Filton Airport as the crow flies is 185 km (116 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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