HC Deb 29 June 1938 vol 337 c1909
67. Rear-Admiral Sir Murray Sueter

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is in a position to state the cause of the loss by fire of the Vickers-Wellesley monoplane that recently occurred at Alveston, near Gloucester?

Sir K. Wood

The aircraft was engaged upon experimental work with a new type of engine, and as it was almost completely destroyed it is impracticable to assign a definite cause for the accident. It would appear, however, that the outbreak of fire originated from the ignition, by the exhaust flame, of petrol from a leak in the petrol tank.