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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56570
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning T4.
Owner/operator:BAC (British Aircraft Corporation)
Registration: XM966
C/n / msn: 95051
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea, 12 miles off St Bees Head, Cumbria. -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Warton Airfield, Lancashire (EGNO)
Destination airport:
First flown by R.P. Beamont 15-7-60 at Samlesbury. First flight as T.4 was from Samlesbury to Filton for conversion to a Lightning T.5; XM966 was the second T.5 to fly. Crashed on test flight over Irish Sea, 22-7-65, after loss of fin and rudder owing to yawing instability.

Crew - BAC Civilian Test Pilots J.L. Dell and G. Elkington - ejected Mach 2 and survived. Aircraft salvaged. Total flights 263 and hours 152h 51m.


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Revision history:

30-Sep-2011 14:00 angels one five Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
30-Sep-2011 14:11 angels one five Updated [Location]
12-Feb-2012 12:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Jun-2013 21:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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