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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 139917
Last updated: 20 January 2020
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Date:17-JUL-1973
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG Mk 1
Owner/operator:892 Sqn FAA RN
Registration: XT871
C/n / msn: 2666
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Firth of Forth near the Isle of May, South East Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:HMS Ark Royal, North Sea, off East coast of Scotland
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars (EGQL)
Narrative:
On 17/7/1973, Phantom FG.1 XT871 suffered an engine failure on take-off from HMS Ark Royal and ditched into the Firth of Forth near the Isle of May, South East Scotland. Both crew - named as Lt. J. C. Gunning (pilot) and Lt. R. C. O'Connor (navigator) ejected safely, and were rescued by HMS Ark Royal's "plane guard" helicopter.

Wreckage recovered to RNAS lee-on-Solent for accident investigation (noted there 13/03/1974)

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1973.htm
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421174927/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1973.htm#jul
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.myaviation.net/search/photo_search.php?id=01712357]
4. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.phantomf4k.org/resources/4271/imageGallery/1974_03_13__Phantom_FG1_XT871__Lee_on_Solent_mbq.jpg]


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-Nov-2011 14:44 Dr. John Smith Added
16-Jan-2012 14:18 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
17-Jan-2013 13:40 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
16-Jun-2013 22:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Embed code]
30-Jul-2015 19:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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