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Test Flying Memorial

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CasualtiesSqn Ldr D.D. Weightman DFC, ARB CTP
AircraftBristol Brigand B Mk 1 RH824
Took off fromFilton, Gloucestershire
Purpose of flightPilot was seconded to Bristol to test Brigand
Incident locationNorthwick, Pilning, Gloucestershire
Incident detailsOn second production test flight port engine overspeeded and all four propeller blades detached, severing part of the nose structure then hitting starboard propeller and overstressing the engine mount, causing engine to detach. Pilot managed a forced landing, but was killed by impact with a tree

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