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Date06/09/1952
CasualtiesJohn Derry DFC, de Havilland TP, Hatfield; Tony Richards, de Havilland FTO, Hatfield
Aircraftde Havilland D.H.110 WG236
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightDisplay flight at trade show
Incident locationFarnborough, Hampshire
Incident detailsDuring a display flight the aircraft suffered a structural failure of the leading edge of the inboard starboard wing which resulted in the break-up of entire aircraft. As well as the crew, 28 spectators lost their lives when two engines were projected into the crowd from falling wreckage


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