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Date28/05/1948
CasualtiesFlt Lt B. Bastable DFC, A&AEE TP; Miss B.R. Edmunds FTO
AircraftMiles Marathon G-AGPD
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightInitial handling assessment
Incident locationAmesbury, Wiltshire
Incident detailsPilot omitted to re-trim the adjustable fin incidence after take-off causing overstressing of the tail unit which collapsed. The adjustable fin incidence was provided to assist the pilot in the event of an outboard engine failure on take-off, but had to be re-set before level flight speeds were reached


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