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Last updated: 2 December 2021
Date:Wednesday 29 July 1953
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VW180
MSN: 336
First flight: 1948-12-31 (4 years 7 months)
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Fayid RAF Station (   Egypt)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Fayid RAF Station, Egypt
Destination airport:?
The Valetta's tail wheel jack fractured on takeoff causing a loss of hydraulics fluid. The undercarriage could not be locked down and was hanging free as the crew carried out a forced landing.

Hydraulic system problem
Forced landing on runway

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings
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