Accident Handley Page Victor SR.2 XL230, 10 May 1973
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Type:Silhouette image of generic hpvi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Handley Page Victor SR.2
Owner/operator:543 Squadron Royal Air Force (543 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XL230
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Wyton, Cambridgeshire (EGUY) -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:RAF Wyton (EGUY)
Destination airport:RAF Wyton (EGUY)
The crew had briefed and had been duly authorized to complete their sortie with a night double asymmetric (two engines at idle) landing at Wyton. The captain was flying in the RH seat with an experienced co-pilot, having Intermediate Captaincy status, allowing him to sit in the aircraft’s LH seat. In the approach to land, at a height well below the BOH, one of the pilots elected to overshoot the approach. The (hot) port engines used on the approach responded immediately, while the starboard (cool) engines took some seconds to respond. This momentary asymmetric power required a strong application of rudder and aileron to counter the tendency for the starboard wing to drop. The situation was exacerbated by the strong cross wind coming from the port side. The dipping starboard wing struck the ground causing the aircraft to cartwheel, become inverted, and break up.
Flight Lieutenant Stuart Hawthorne STEVENSON Captain
Flight Lieutenant John Weir PHILIPS 27 Co Pilot
Flight Lieutenant Keith Robert QUINNEY 29 Navigator
Squadron Leader John Philip MUSSON 38 Navigator (Flight Commander)
Flight Lieutenant Richard John SWAIN 33 Navigator
Flight Lieutenant John Henry GIBBS 42 Air Electronics Officer


1. Air Britain: RAF Aircraft XA100 - XZ999, published 2001
2. Handley Page Victor: The Crescent-Winged V-Bomber (Aerofax)


The Aviation Photo Company: Handley Page Victor &emdash; Royal Air Force Handley Page Victor B.2 XL230


at RAF Wittering; (c) Bob J Hobbs/NA3T

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Revision history:

30-Dec-2008 11:47 harro Updated
22-Aug-2011 09:24 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
07-May-2012 13:57 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
10-May-2013 06:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-Jun-2013 20:43 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
03-Aug-2013 15:30 Nepa Updated [Operator, Embed code]
23-Sep-2013 17:19 phevic Updated [Narrative]
27-Jul-2019 18:42 harro Updated [Photo]

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