Accident Percival Provost T Mk 1 WV423, 28 Mar 1956
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Type:Percival Provost T Mk 1
Owner/operator:CFS Royal Air Force (CFS RAF)
Registration: WV423
MSN: PAC/56/006
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hill Cot End, Ampney Crucis, near South Cerney, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF South Cerney, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Percival Provost T.Mk.1 WV423, CFS (Central Flying School), RAF; Written off 28/3/1956 - Crashed near Hill Cot End, Ampney Crucis, near South Cerney, Cirencester, Gloucestershire after the engine failed and caught fire. During the flying training sortie, the QFI Instructor opened the throttle to demonstration the maximum rate of climb of the Percival Provost, but instead there was a "thud" followed by engine failure. The QFI Instructor decided to initiate an emergency landing at RAF Fairford. However, this plan had to be abandoned, as the cockpit was filling with smoke, so the canopy was jettisoned, and the two persons on board began to bail out

Student pilot bailed out over Ampney St Peter. Instructor was about to jump but hamlet of Hill Cot End was in flight path so stayed with aircraft until he could steer it clear of houses. Bailed out of the aircraft when at too low an altitude, and was killed on impact, as parachute did not have enough time to deploy fully.

Crew of Provost WV423
Flight Lieutenant Kenneth John Evans, RAF (QFI Instructor Pilot,Service Number 152692 aged 35) - killed on active service 28/3/56 as per the above. Buried at South Cerney All Hallows Churchyard, Gloucestershire.
Flight Lieutenant C.A. Coatesworth, RAF (Pupil pilot under instruction) - bailed out, survived as per the above


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings – Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.179 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft WA100-WZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 1983 p 101)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.187
4. RAF Little Rissington: The Central Flying School 1946-76 pP 86 & 313 By R. Deacon, A. Pollock, M. Thomas, R. Bagshaw
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File BT233/332:
6. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/34/S2813:

Revision history:

15-Apr-2012 21:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
14-Mar-2013 20:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Narrative]
25-Dec-2013 07:52 Patrick Puffett Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Narrative]
20-Nov-2018 16:00 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
17-Jan-2020 02:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 02:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2020 14:31 stehlik49 Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Departure airport, Operator]
13-Jun-2020 20:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2020 08:13 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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