It appears that some people don't know about the crash, or to be more correct the mid air explosion of XM645 over Zabbar, Malta.
I have photographs on my facebook of the exhibits in the Zabbar Sanctuary Museum. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.425624280831713.98343.100001524330891&type=3
Museum Link = http://www.zabbarsanctuarymuseum.org/vulcan.php
It was 14 October 1975 and the aircraft was XM645. 5 people in the aircraft were killed and the two pilots ejected 'safely'. The reason there were 5 dead is that XM645 was on her way out to RAF Luqa from Waddington and in addition to the normal crew they carried a crew chief and a ground crew (Sgt I think) on a jolly out to Malta.
Only one casualty on the ground and that was a lady that my friend out there, who lives in Zabbar, knew. She was standing next to her when she dashed across the road to go to make sure her mother was ok. She was struck by an electrical cable that had been severed by a piece of wreckage.
The co-pilot was bringing her in but he had not been to Malta before and had not been briefed on the difficult approach to the runway. There was an obstruction, a hangar I believe, which made it necessary to come in a little high and drop rapidly down onto the runway. He made a particularly heavy landing, ripping off the port undercarriage. This must have punctured a fuel tank as they gunned up the engines and took off again to make another circuit to make an emergency landing.
While banking over the town of Zabbar the aircraft exploded.
A very sad occurrence which, at the time, adversely affected feeling towards the British troops presence on the island. This was mostly by younger people, who were feeling agrieved at being 'occupied' and politicians who were trying to renegotiate rental for the various bases. To be fair to the politicians we had been paying the same low rent for decades but the increase demanded was just too much and RAF Luqa closed in September 1978, final troops leaving in 1979.
It was one of the best postings in the RAF, even I think so and I'd done Singapore, been to Penang, Gan, Masirah, visited Sri Lanka and Cyprus for sailing etc..... but loved, and still love, Malta.
Detailed account of the day is here - http://www.zabbarsanctuarymuseum.org/the-vulcan-xm645-tragedy.php