Incident Percival Provost T Mk 1 XF552, 25 Jan 1956
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Type:Percival Provost T Mk 1
Owner/operator:3 FTS Royal Air Force (3 FTS RAF)
Registration: XF552
MSN: PAC/56/283
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2.5 miles from RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.1 XF552: Delivered 23/12/54. RAF Service career was with 3 FTS, RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk, (coded "S-B") only.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 25/1/56: Force landed into a field two and a half miles from RAF Feltwell, Thetford, Norfolk, and ran into a ditch during the landing run. Per a transcript into the incident from the aircraft record card (Form AM.1180):

"While carrying out a solo detail" (sortie) "the pilot became uncertain of his position, and with the fuel gauge indicating a fuel level of almost zero he decided to make a forced landing. The a/c made a normal forced landing into a field, but during the landing the a/c ran into a ditch"

Conclusion: "The pilot is directly responsible for the accident, in that he force landed the a/c when he still had sufficient fuel to make it back to the airfield. This blameworthiness is mitigated by the inexperience of the pilot, and his lack of knowledge of the implications of the fuel gauge graduations. Contributing factors were: pilot failed to make use of homing beacon and emergency R/T, faulty navigation and poor landing technique"

Remedial Action: "Modification action is in hand to provide a fuel gauge that is not misleading"

Pilot was 2nd Lieutenant M.I. Hassan, Royal Iraqi Air Force, aged 22. Provost XF552 was not repaired, and was Struck Off Charge 3/2/56 as Cat.5(c) and was broken up for spares and produce


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.177 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 29)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.176
4. Aircraft Record Card (Air Ministry Form AM,1180):

Revision history:

18-Aug-2010 02:49 penguin832 Updated [Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
23-Nov-2011 21:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Departure airport, Source]
19-Oct-2018 19:17 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]
10-Jun-2020 21:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 07:59 MIG21 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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