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Test Flying Memorial

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Date25/03/1952
CasualtiesMr T.B.D. Evans, English Electric TP
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra B Mk 2 WD991
Took off fromSamlesbury, Lancashire
Purpose of flightFirst production test flight
Incident locationWest of Preston, Lancashire
Incident detailsShortly after take-off aircraft was seen at 800ft flying straight and level at high speed. It suddenly entered a steep dive and hit the ground. A spanner was found in the elevator control circuit


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