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Test Flying Memorial

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CasualtiesPilot Brian Wass and his Flight Test Observer (name not known)
AircraftMarshalls MA4 (modified Auster) VF665
Took off fromCambridge
Purpose of flightPosition-error measurement
Incident locationWest Wratting, Suffolk
Incident detailsAbout 50min into a flight to measure position errors, the aircraft (a high-lift research vehicle converted from an Auster T.7) was seen apparently out of control at about 3,500ft; it descended almost vertically to impact, killing both crew. No cause for the crash was released, but is thought that a trailing static tube, in the process of being hauled in, became entangled with the tail unit.

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