Thunder & Lightnings

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Date02/03/1955
CasualtiesFlt Lt E.H. Edmonds (navigator TFU Defford); Flt Lt F.W.W. Seaman (signaller TFU Defford)
AircraftHandley Page Hastings C Mk 2 WD484
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightAircraft detached from Defford for radar trials over Larkhill
Incident locationBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Incident detailsTook off from Boscombe with elevator locks engaged and crashed on airfield in vertical dive from 200ft. In addition to the two fatalities, the pilot and one other crew member were seriously injured and 2 further crew members (FTOs) were uninjured


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