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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143819
Last updated: 7 April 2021
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Date:08-SEP-1970
Time:10:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F6
Owner/operator:5 Sqn Royal Air Force (5 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XS894
C/n / msn: 95240
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 5 miles N of Flamborough Head, North Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
XS894; C/N 95240 ff R.P. Beamont 18-3-66 Samlesbury. To 5 Squadron, 3-1-67. Crashed into sea 5 miles north of Flamborough Head, 8-9-70. Pilot, Capt William Schaffer (USAF), killed. Hours flown 650h 45m
Royal Navy divers located the Lightning on the seabed two months later, damaged but otherwise intact. The cockpit was empty. Captain Schaffner was never found, presumed lost at sea. The jet was raised shortly after and returned to RAF Binbrook for investigation. Board of inquiry report is available on the net. Aircraft flown into the sea while carrying out visual identification on a low flying Shackleton in the dark. Canopy jettison gun failed to fire due to incorrect assembly. Main seat gun restrictor remained in place and main seat gun was not fired.

Sources:

1. http://www.ufodigest.com/news/1206/binbrook.htm
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf6.htm]
3. http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/catalogue/displaycataloguedetails.asp?CATLN=6&CATID=8880566&j=1
4. http://www.urbanghostsmedia.com/2011/01/mysterious-disappearance-lightning-xs894/
5. http://www.airsceneuk.org.uk/hangar/2000/ufo/ufo.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Schaffner
7. http://www.bbc.co.uk/insideout/yorkslincs/series1/alien-abduction.shtml
8. https://thetruthhides.wordpress.com/2009/05/28/lightning-xs894-still-a-ufo-mystery/
9. https://blurppy.com/2011/11/04/did-a-ufo-cause-the-mysterious-disappearance-of-lightning-xs894/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2012 17:34 Dr. John Smith Added
15-Mar-2012 21:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
25-Sep-2012 02:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
09-Jun-2013 00:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Mar-2021 17:12 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
09-Mar-2021 17:13 harro Updated [Narrative]
15-Mar-2021 17:44 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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