ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 21106
Last updated: 30 September 2014
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.
Date:02-AUG-1973
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Canberra B.2
Owner/operator:RAF 231 OCU
Registration: WJ674
C/n / msn: HP218B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Witham, 1.5 miles NE of Cottesmore, Rutland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Cottesmore, Leicestershire
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.

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."

Sources:
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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
15-Jun-2008 21:18 JINX Added
17-Jun-2008 10:24 JINX Updated
09-Sep-2012 14:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 19:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
Number of views: 832

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description