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Date20/10/1958
CasualtiesLt W.R Shackleton RN
AircraftGloster Meteor NF Mk 11 WD765
Took off fromFarnborough, Hampshire
Purpose of flightHandling assessment at high Mach number at 40,000ft
Incident locationMalshanger, Hampshire
Incident detailsThe rear fuselage detached and the aircraft entered a flat spin. The pilot was unable to jettison canopy until too late


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