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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143819
Last updated: 29 October 2020
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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
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire (EGXB)
Destination airport:
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, Major 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, which some consider slightly unusual because incidents of this nature tended to be examined by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch at Farnborough Airport. UFOlogists cite this apparent discrepancy as a core part of “the conspiracy”, which now begins to permeate the story.

Part of the unexplained mystery surrounding this accident is that, when XS894 was recovered, the cockpit canopy was closed, and the ejection seat had not been fired...but the pilot was nowhere to be seen. UFOlogists claim its pilot, Captain William Schaffner was abducted by an alien spacecraft after he’d scrambled to intercept it off Flamborough Head.

To add fuel to the "conspiracy theory", the official report of the crash, held by the National Archives at Kew, Surrey, is a restricted document, that is "closed" to researchers until Jan 1st 2030



Revision history:

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]

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