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Date04/08/1955
CasualtiesLt G. Perks RN, National Aeronautical Establishment TP; Mr M.F. Burle, FTO
AircraftSikorsky Dragonfly HR Mk 3 WG666
Took off fromThurleigh, Bedfordshire
Purpose of flightInvestigation of lateral control at altitude and maximum all-up weight
Incident locationRisley, Bedfordshire
Incident detailsAircraft seen descending rapidly; break-up began at 2,000ft. FTO catapulted out just before impact. Structural failure of main rotor


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