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Narrative:Written off 2/8/1973: Yawed during a practice asymmetric approach to Cottesmore, Leicestershire. The crew ejected, the aircraft crashed into a field off the A1 road, east of The Fox public house, near Woodbine Farm in North Witham parish.
English Electric Canberra B.2
|Owner/operator:||RAF 231 OCU|
|C/n / msn:|| HP218B|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||North Witham, 1.5 miles NE of Cottesmore, Rutland -
|Departure airport:||RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire|
|Destination airport:||RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire|
The pilots chute did not deploy and he was killed. Pilot later named as Flt. Lt. T.M.Murray
Per eyewitness report: "I was a rigger on 231 OCU at that time,from memory it was a Staff Nav (Max M ?) whom I seem to recall felt the aircraft roll and buffet - then called 'eject' to the student.He thought the pilot had ejected safely and I think landed near the 'The Fox' on the A1 and 'popped in' for a drink (who could blame him?) Unfortunately the aircraft had either rolled too far or was too low for a safe ejection for the pilot,comparatively slow ejection sequence on a Canberra. We were all absolutely gutted by it."
Air Britain RAF Aircraft WA100 - WZ999 http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1973.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Witham http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1973.htm http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/269642-canberra-hours-3.html http://radfanhunters.co.uk/Eastleigh-Embakasi/WJ674_Eastleigh_08-63_RD.jpg
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
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