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CasualtiesFlt Lt J.G. Seth-Smith, Fairey Aviation TP
AircraftFairey Firefly Mk I PP417
Took off fromHeston, Middlesex
Purpose of flightChecks on aileron trim settings at various speed and easy functioning of cockpit hood at 220 m.p.h.
Incident locationBarnes, Middlesex
Incident detailsThe hood apparently distorted and detached, hitting the fin and rudder which broke away, and the tailplane also failed. The aircraft broke up before hitting the ground and the pilot lost his life while attempting to bale out

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