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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56581
Last updated: 23 June 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F3
Owner/operator:11 Squadron Royal Air Force (11 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XP737
C/n / msn: 95165
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea off Anglesey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Valley, Anglsey
Crashed into the Irish Sea off Valley, Anglesey at Map Reference SH27SE, Grid Reference SH2916173970, after the pilot - Flying Officer R. T. KnowIes - ejected due to a jammed undercarriage. XP737 was inbound to Valley for the open day on 18-8-1979.

Per eyewitness report: "he lightning in question was arriving for the Valley Airshow (to be held the following day) and I recall seeing it doing a number of flybys over the Control Tower with the port u/c leg noticeably not fully down, also executing wing 'waggles' to try and get it to the fully down and locked position. Obviously in the end a decision was made to head it out into the Irish Sea and eject."


7. Halley, J, 2001, Royal Air force Aircraft XA100 - XZ999, pg72

XP737 (nearest camera) in 1979, refuelling from Victor tanker XH671The Aviation Photo Company: English Electric Lightning &emdash; 11 Squadron English Electric Lightning F.3 XP737 with Victor XH671 (1979) XP737 as "737" of 226 OCU at RAF Lakenheath on 18 Aug 1973lThe Aviation Photo Company: English Electric Lightning &emdash; 226 OCU English Electric Lightning F.3 XP737

Revision history:

13-Mar-2012 16:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 17:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
05-Jun-2013 17:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
19-Jun-2013 03:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
07-Nov-2017 09:03 Aerossurance Updated [Location]

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