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Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Owner/operator:Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Registration: 104859
C/n / msn: 683A-1159
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Noordvaardor Weapons Range on the North Sea -   Netherlands
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands
Destination airport:Soesterberg Air Base, Netherlands
Operated by 441 Squadron, the CF-104 was No. 3 in a four plane formation, dropping practice bombs at the Noordvaardor Weapons Range. During a flaps up shallow dive at 540 KIAS, the Range Safety Officer noted parts falling from the aircraft. The aircraft then rolled 135 degrees left at an extreme rate, but the pilot managed to level it momentarily and ejected at 100 feet ASL, dislocating a shoulder as he hit the sea. The pilot was rescued within six minutes by the RNLAF range rescue helicopter.

The cause of the accident was an inflight failure of the left hand leading edge flap. The flap separated from the wing, striking the fuselage and the horizontal and vertical stabilizers.


Canadian Forces DFS Fight Comment – 1980 No. 4
Fighter Squadron, 441 Squadron From Hurricanes To Hornets, ISBN 0-921022-16-6


Photo of 104859 courtesy

Cambrai - Épinoy (LFQI) (closed)
23 June 1979; (c) Fred Willemsen

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Revision history:

23-Aug-2011 03:30 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
05-Feb-2016 08:13 yukonjack Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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