Wirestrike Incident Hunting Jet Provost T Mk 3 XM423, 30 Aug 1961
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Type:Silhouette image of generic JPRO model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hunting Jet Provost T Mk 3
Owner/operator:CFS Royal Air Force (CFS RAF)
Registration: XM423
MSN: PAC/W/9230
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Harvington, 3 miles NE of Evesham, Worcestershire, England -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Jet Provost T.Mk.3 XM423: Delivered 22-3-1960. Became "R-J" of the CFS (Central Flying School) RAF Little Rissington, Gloucestershire.

Written off (destroyed) 30/8/1961: Engine failure on a night navigation exercise, struck high voltage cables at night, crashed and burst into flames at Harvington, near Evesham, Worcestershire. The crew - Pilot Officer J. Armstrong and Flight Lieutenant I. K. McKee - ejected safely. Struck Off Charge 31/10/1961 as Cat. 5(Scrap).

Note that the official file on the accident at the National Archives at Kew (File AVIA 5/40/S3015 - see link #2) gives the crash location as "near Little Rissington" [sic] which is where XN423 took off from, and not where it came down!

Harvington is a village near Evesham in Worcestershire, England. Bounded by the River Avon to the south and the Lench Hills to the north, three miles northeast of Evesham and now on the Worcestershire/Warwickshire border.


1. RAF Little Rissington: The Central Flying School 1946-76 p. 122 By R. Deacon, A. Pollock, M. Thomas, R. Bagshaw
2. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/40/S3015: https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/C6578795
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1961.htm
4. http://www.aviationarchaeology.org.uk/marg/crashes1950-88.htm
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20170421194406/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/PROJECT/YEAR_Pages/1961.htm
6. http://www.ukserials.com/prodlists.php?type=635
7. XM423 at SBAC Air Show, Farnborough September 1960: https://www.na3t.org/air/photo/LA01178-1
8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvington

Revision history:

27-Nov-2011 14:53 Dr. John Smith Added
20-Nov-2018 15:44 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Operator]
02-Dec-2020 22:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2020 17:40 Jixon Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Operator]

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