ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55086
Last updated: 20 September 2014
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Date:05-JUL-1978
Time:
Type:Blackburn Buccaneer S.2A (Mod)
Owner/operator:BAe Warton
Registration: XT285
C/n / msn: B3-07-65
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Luce Bay, West Freugh, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:BAe, Warton
Destination airport:BAe, Warton
Narrative:
XT285 crashed at West Freugh in South West Scotland on 5 July 1978. The pilot executed too tight a turn during a dummy attack on Luce Bay range off West Freugh, Dumfries. The aircraft stalled, pitched up, dropped a wing and crashed.

The pilot (Mr. A. Love)remained with the aircraft and was killed. The navigator (Mr. J. Bigland) ejected but was also killed; both were civilian contractors employed by British Aerospace at Warton. At the time of the crash, XT285 was being used as an airborne test bed for the avionics of the Panavia Tornado MRCA

Sources:
1. http://www.blackburn-buccaneer.co.uk/Pages1_files/Radar_Index.htm
2. http://www.blackburn-buccaneer.co.uk/S2_XT285_files/0_S2_XT285.html
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1978.htm
4. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/Buccaneer.htm
5. http://www.on-target-aviation.com/XX894_Bucc.html

XT285 visiting Prestwick in 1967, when in Royal Navy FAA service as 653/LM of 736 NASXT285 Buccaneer S-2

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Mar-2009 11:27 86.156.16.187 Updated
17-Jul-2011 01:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
07-Jun-2013 04:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Jul-2013 23:25 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2013 23:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
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