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Date01/05/1970
CasualtiesMaj J.R. Weaver USAF, Flt Lt G.W.E. Foster AFM, B Squadron A&AEE FTO
AircraftEnglish Electric Canberra TT Mk 18 WJ632
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightAsymmetric assessment
Incident locationLyme Bay, Dorset
Incident detailsPilot lost control whilst attempting to establish single engine safety speed at 4,000ft; with his concentration on using aileron instead of rudder, the sideslip limits were exceeded. The fin stalled and the aircraft spun into the sea. Navigator J. Nicol was rescued by helicopter, the pilot drowned and the observer was never found.
Web linkAviation Safety Network entry


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