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CasualtiesFlt Lt R.L. Beeson; Sqn Ldr J.P.H. Mercer, both B Squadron A&AEE
AircraftHawker Hunter Mk 7A XL611
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationEast Knoyle, Wiltshire
Incident detailsPilot talked to control 12sec after take-off and radar trace continued for 3 miles then vanished. Aircraft dived vertically into ground

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