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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 161651
Last updated: 28 July 2020
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Date:30-NOV-1962
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley P.1127 Harrier
Owner/operator:Hawker Siddeley
Registration: XP972
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Tangmere, West Sussex -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Dunsfold, Surrey (EGTD)
Destination airport:RAF Tangmere, West Sussex
Narrative:
XP972 was the third prototype Hawker P.1127, which first flew on 05/04/1962. It crashed on 30/11/1962: During a high G turn the engine suffered a bearing failure which started a fire in the rear fuselage. Made a successful un-powered belly landing at Tangmere, Sussex. The pilot was HSA test pilot Hugh Merewether (1924-2006). The following description of this crash is extracted from his obituary:

"The P.1127 had its share of accidents. On October 30 1962 Merewether was flying at 3,000 ft when the engine suffered a catastrophic failure and caught fire. Rather than eject, he managed to crash-land at RAF Tangmere, thus allowing the engineers to investigate the failure fully. He was awarded a Queen's Commendation for Valuable Services in the Air; the Guild of Air Pilots and Navigators awarded him the Derry and Richards Memorial Medal (1963)."

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1962.htm
2. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/1531511/Hugh-Merewether.html
3. https://abpic.co.uk/pictures/view/1291690/
4. Did this incident occur 31/11/62 or 30 October 62 The narrative conflicts.

FARNBOROUGH AIR DISPLAY


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Oct-2013 03:06 Dr. John Smith Added
24-Oct-2013 03:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
16-Apr-2014 23:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Destination airport, Narrative]
24-Dec-2015 20:51 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
23-Feb-2018 20:23 JR79th Updated [Source, Narrative]

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