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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55368
Last updated: 13 January 2020
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Time:09:29 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic JAGR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Owner/operator:31 Squadron Royal Air Force (31 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XX972
C/n / msn: S.94
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Startforth Park, 2 miles SW of Barnard Castle, County Durham -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth (EGQS)
Destination airport:
Crashed into a house at Startforth Park, two miles south-west of Barnard Castle, County Durham injuring the family inside the house, and killing the pilot. Aircraft was taking part in a military exercise (Exercise "Osex 4") and was operating out RAF Lossiemouth (31 Sqn home base at the time was RAF Bruggen, West Germany).

XX972 (DF/31 Sqn RAF) was one of four Jaguar GR.1s that had taken off from RAF Lossiemouth just before 09:00, following the coast before turning inland near Hartlepool, County Durham. At 09:26 XX972 ran into low cloud and heavy rain, losing the previous VMC flight conditions. The crash happened a few minutes later, as XX972 descended from 10.000 feet to begin a practice bombing run

Disorientation in the bad weather was the likely cause of the crash. Pilot later named as Squadron Leader Roger Martin Matthews



Revision history:

03-Jan-2009 11:54 harro Updated
05-Jul-2011 00:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
14-Aug-2011 11:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2012 03:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
03-Jun-2013 02:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2013 02:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Jul-2013 02:55 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Narrative]

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