Date & Time: Jul 6, 1965 at 1609 LT
Type of aircraft:
Handley Page H.P.67 Hastings
Abingdon - Abingdon
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The four engine aircraft departed RAF Abingdon with six crew members and 35 paratroopers for an exercise over the Weston-on-the-Green area. Shortly after takeoff, while climbing, the pilot reported control problems to ATC and requested permission to return for an emergency landing. Clearance was given and the crew started a circuit to return to RAF Abingdon when the aircraft climbed steeply to a height of 2,000 feet then banked left, dove into the ground and crashed in a field located in Little Baldon, about 10 km east of the airbase. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 41 occupants have been killed.
The elevator jammed in an inappropriate position following the failure of two bolts due to metal fatigue.