ASN Aircraft accident Vickers Valetta C.1 VX562 Agrigento, Italy 
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Last updated: 8 August 2022
Date:Thursday 15 January 1953
Type:Vickers Valetta C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VX562
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1950
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 230
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Total:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:46 km (28.8 mls) SW off Agrigento, Italy (   Mediterranean Sea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:?
Valetta VX562 departed Malta on a flight to the U.K. Over sea an RAF Lancaster GR.3 (TX270) was engaged in a anti-submarine exercise. Both aircraft probably collided at an altitude of 1500 feet in poor visibility conditions which included heavy rain and hail.

Mid air collision
Loss of control

» 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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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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