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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143749
Last updated: 20 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning T4
Owner/operator:226 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (226 OCU RAF)
Registration: XM971
C/n / msn: 95071
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tunstead, 2 miles E of RAF Coltishall, Norfolk. England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Coltishall, Norfolk (EGYC)
Destination airport:RAF Coltishall, Norfolk
The nose radar fairing became detached and was ingested by the intake causing double engine failure. The crew - Squadron Leader Terry Carlton & Flt Lt Tony Gross - ejected safely and the aircraft crashed at Tunsted, two miles east of Coltishall, Norfolk.

Per eyewitness report: I found the nose cone at Aylsham on 3rd or 4th Jan

"...Finally, we come to XM971, which crashed near Tunstead, near Coltishall on 2 January 1967. January may well have been wet and cold. XM971 was with 226 OCU and the accident happened on the climb-out, a couple of minutes or so after take-off, when the radome collapsed and debris entered the air intake. There was a very expensive noise and Terry Carlton, who was on a dual radar sortie with a pupil, assumed control, throttled back and commenced a recovery to Coltishall. On a high down-wind leg, he applied throttle to check his descent, but found that he had no power. The student ejected first..and Terry went out at about 800 ft. Both were recovered by the resident SAR flight of 202 Sqn, and Terry (at least) was quickly quaffing champagne in the bar following a quick check up at the Station Sick Quarters."

Wreckage recovered to the fire dump at Coltishall, since perished



Revision history:

15-Feb-2012 17:34 Dr. John Smith Added
06-Sep-2012 11:06 AvDb Updated [Registration]
29-Jul-2013 16:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
30-Jul-2013 17:14 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]
12-Feb-2014 20:58 wyn purdy Updated [Narrative]
04-Dec-2018 09:59 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport, Operator]

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