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Date:12-JUL-2003
Time:14:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic FFLY model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairey Firefly AS.5
Owner/operator:Historic Flt FAA RN
Registration: WB271
C/n / msn: F8497
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Duxford Airfield, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RNAS Yeovilton, Somerset (EGDY)
Destination airport:Duxford, Cambridgeshire (EGSU)
Narrative:
The Ministry of Defence has started an investigation after two men were killed when an historic aeroplane crashed at an air show. Lieutenant Commander Bill Murton, 45, and Neil Rix, 29, were crewing the Fairey Firefly vintage naval aircraft when it came down near the Duxford airfield in Cambridgeshire, on the eastern side of the M11 at about 14:30 BST on Saturday.

The aircraft was taking part in the Flying Legends Air Show at Duxford's Imperial War Museum, near Cambridge, when it went into a nosedive from which it never recovered. Mr Murton, who was married with three children and lived in Somerset, was the Commanding Officer of 727 Squadron based at Roborough, Plymouth, Devon.

He had served in the Royal Navy for 21 years and was an experienced pilot who had been flying with the Royal Naval Historic Flight for three years. The Firefly was part of a fleet of vintage military aircraft based at the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset.most experienced and respected naval pilot with well over 5,000 hours flying time to his credit.

"He was a wonderful man, a fine naval aviator who lived for flying. All of us are devastated by his death. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Mr Rix was aircraft fitter with the Royal Naval Historic Flight (RNHF) and was unmarried. Commander Bryan Wood, the manager of the Flight, said: "Neil loved aircraft and flying and was particularly proud to be associated with the Firefly. He was a most popular member of the Flight and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time"

Sources:

1. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cambridgeshire/3061391.stm
2. https://www.pprune.org/military-aviation/95993-fairey-firefly-duxford.html
3. http://www.stringbag.flyer.co.uk/rnhf/wb271.htm
4. http://www.warbirdregistry.org/fireflyregistry/firefly-wb271.html
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-2003.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Navy_Historic_Flight#Aircraft


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Jun-2011 12:27 Dr. John Smith Added
14-Dec-2012 14:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
16-Jan-2013 15:17 Nepa Updated [Operator]
26-Jul-2016 23:40 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Jul-2016 23:40 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Jul-2016 23:42 Dr.John Smith Updated [Destination airport]

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