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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60428
Last updated: 20 May 2018
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-111F
Owner/operator:492nd TFS, 48th TFW, USAF (492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 70-2368
C/n / msn: £2-07/F-07
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Binham, near Wells-next-the-sea, 17 miles W of Cromer, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk (LKZ/EGUL)
Destination airport:
Crashed at Binham, near Wells-next-the-sea, 17 miles west of Cromer, Norfolk due to engine fire caused by first-stage fan disk failure. Both crew - Capt. David F. Ratcliffe, the pilot, and weapons systems operator Lt. Brian W. Kirkwood - survived the ejection, and were taken to their base hospital at Lakenheath, 'I understand one had a strained back, but that's all,'' said Norfolk Police Inspector Ted Steward.

Witnesses said the jet was flying very low just before it crashed. Binham sub-postmaster George Bird said he saw ''a ball of fire in the air.'' An Air Force spokesman explained that the ball of fire was probably caused by the rockets that eject the cockpit from the plane. The Air Force said a board of officers would investigate the crash.

According to a newspaper report, marking the 21st anniversary of the crash...

"On May 2, 1990, the peace of a spring afternoon in Binham, near Wells, was shattered when an American F1-11 fighter plane nose-dived in a spectacular fireball just 300 metres from the village’s medieval priory.

At the time, stunned onlookers spoke of an explosion which left a massive crater littered with burning metal, while falling debris damaged several properties – although no-one on the ground was injured. After the accident, farm workers and villagers raced to help the US pilot and his weapons systems officer, who both ejected to safety and landed at nearby Wighton. They had been on a low-level training flight from RAF Lakenheath.


1. Flight International 8-14 May 1991

Revision history:

22-May-2009 06:34 harro Updated
19-Nov-2010 04:30 Anon. Updated [Location]
08-Oct-2012 15:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
04-Feb-2013 14:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source]
15-Feb-2016 20:43 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2016 20:44 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time]

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