ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56578
Last updated: 24 October 2014
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Date:06-JUN-1963
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F1A
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF
Registration: XM179
C/n / msn: 95066
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Great Bricett, near RAF stn Wattisham, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk (EGUW)
Destination airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk(EGUW)
Narrative:
On 6/6/1963, during aerobatic practice for the Paris Air Show, XM179 touched wings with XM181 during a bomb burst manoeuvre and crashed at Great Bricett near Wattisham, Suffolk. The pilot - Flt. Lt. Michael Cooke - ejected at 400-430 knots I.A.S. and at 800 feet, sustaining severe spinal injuries which would lead to him becoming confined to a wheel-chair.

The other aircraft involved (XM181) landed safely at Wattisham

Sources:
1. http://www.wattisham.org.uk/wattisham_aviation_accidents.htm
2. http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xm179.html
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1963.htm
4. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/project/year_pages/1963.htm#jun
5. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=513063108718974&set=a.438966242795328.102219.435948886430397&type=1&theater
6. http://www.ejectorseats.co.uk/handle%20handling.htm
7. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_English_Electric_Lightning#1960s

English Electric Lightning. 56 Squadron. Royal Air Force.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Feb-2012 21:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2012 02:28 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
27-May-2013 05:32 Nepa Updated [Destination airport]
27-May-2013 05:50 Nepa Updated [Operator]
14-Jun-2013 07:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Oct-2013 19:07 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
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