ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56581
Last updated: 24 April 2014
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Date:17-AUG-1979
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F3
Owner/operator:11 Sqn RAF
Registration: XP737
C/n / msn: 95165
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Irish Sea off RAF stn Valley, Anglesey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:RAF Valley, Anglsey
Narrative:
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."

Sources:
1. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1979.htm
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_English_Electric_Lightning#1970s
3. http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf3.html
4. http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xp737l.html
5. http://www.coflein.gov.uk/en/site/515868/details/BAC+LIGHTNING+F.3+XP737/
6. http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1152207/
7. Halley, J, 2001, Royal Air force Aircraft XA100 - XZ999, pg72
8. http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/1848848854

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:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Mar-2012 16:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, 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]
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