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Crash of a Vickers 607 Valetta C.1 in RAF Benson: 3 killed

Accident description

  • Aug 19, 1952
  • VX559
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Training
  • No
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Benson - Benson
  • 1950
  • Benson AFB, Oxfordshire
  • UK
  • Europe
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 3
  • The crew was involved in a local training sortie at RAF Benson. Shortly after takeoff from runway 01, while in initial climb by night and poor weather conditions, the aircraft stalled and crashed in a field located two miles north of the airfield. All three crew members were killed. At the time of the accident, the weather conditions were considered as marginal with low clouds and rain falls.
  • It is reported that the loss of control was caused by a double engine failure due to a fuel exhaustion.