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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143804
Last updated: 24 October 2019
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Date:06-FEB-1972
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F53
Owner/operator:6 Sqn Royal Saudi Arabian AF (RSAF)
Registration: 53-666
C/n / msn: 95205
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tabuk -   Saudi Arabia
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tabuk, Saudi Arabia
Destination airport:Khamis Mushayt. Saudi Arabia
Narrative:
Royal Saudi Arabian Air Force Lightning F53 53-666, C/No 95205; ex-RAF lightning F6 XR722. First flown on 23-1-65 at BAC Samlesbury, still as RAF markings as XR722. Modified to F53 and first flight as such at BAC Samlesbury 19-10-66 serialled with "Class B" civilian markings as G27-2.

Delivered 28-8-69 to RSAF; served with 1 Squadron RSAF, and 2 Squadron, RSAF (as '201'). On 6-2-72 crashed while on loan to 6 Squadron, RSAF. A 30mm Aden cannon HE round exploded in the ventral gun bay, causing a fire and subsequent loss of the aircraft.

Experts from the (then) Grantham-based arms manufacturer, British Manufacture and Research Company, were sent to investigate reports that the nose fuses on this particular type of round were working loose. Instances of loose fuses were indeed found, and this may, or may not, have been a contributory cause of the explosion in 53-666.

Total hours flown 364h.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20160316050009/http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf53.html
http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/53666.html
https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1968/1968


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2012 13:05 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Feb-2012 14:08 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
30-Oct-2014 09:38 Paco Updated [Operator, Narrative]

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