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North Sea, 5 miles N of Flamborough Head, North Yorkshire -
RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Narrative: XS894; C/N 95240 ff R.P. Beamont 18-3-66 Samlesbury. To 5 Squadron, 3-1-67. Crashed into sea 5 miles north of Flamborough Head, 8-9-70. Pilot, Major William Schaffer (USAF), killed. Hours flown 650h 45m
Royal Navy divers located the Lightning on the seabed two months later, damaged but otherwise intact. The cockpit was empty. Captain Schaffner was never found, presumed lost at sea. The jet was raised shortly after and returned to RAF Binbrook for investigation, which some consider slightly unusual because incidents of this nature tended to be examined by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough Airport. UFOlogists cite this apparent discrepancy as a core part of “the conspiracy”, which now begins to permeate the story.
To add fuel to the "conspiracy theory", the official report of the crash, held by the National Archives at Kew, Surrey, is a restricted document, that is "closed" to researchers until Jan 1st 2030 Sources: http://www.ufodigest.com/news/1206/binbrook.html http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf6.html http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6&CATID=8880566&j=1 http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/01/mysterious-disappearance-lightning-xs894/ http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/2000/ufo/ufo.htm