Unfallbericht:The Nimrod aircraft took off on an exercise Search and Rescue (SAR) sortie from its base at RAF St Mawgan. It was carrying in the bomb bay, as part of the SAR equipment, a normal load of 5 inch reconnaissance flares. In accordance with normal practice, the first navigator switched the flare's release units to live shortly after takeoff. Some 30 seconds later a cockpit indicator warned the crew of a fire in the bomb bay. The captain immediately instructed the co-pilot to fly the aircraft back to base while he transmitted a MAYDAY call and informed the rest of the crew.
|Datum:||Sonntag 3 Juni 1984|
British Aerospace Nimrod MR.2
|Fluggesellschaft:||Royal Air Force - RAF|
|Triebwerk:|| 4 Rolls-Royce Spey 250|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 13 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||nahe Land's End ( Großbritannien)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Flug von:||Newquay-St Mawgan RAF Station (NQY/EGDG), Großbritannien|
|Flug nach:||Newquay-St Mawgan RAF Station (NQY/EGDG), Großbritannien|
During the return flight ground witnesses saw the Nimrod trailing smoke, with several burning flares, a parachute and other objects falling from the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely. Although the fire services quickly extinguished the intense fire, the aircraft was extensively damaged.
CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a reconnaissance flare becoming detached from its carrier and subsequently igniting in the bomb bay . How it came to be released could not be positively determined."
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» UK Ministry of Defence MAAS 20/85
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.