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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55383
Last updated: 20 January 2020
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Date:01-NOV-1978
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic JAGR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1
Owner/operator:226 OCU RAF
Registration: XX759
C/n / msn: S.56
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles West-South West of Selkirk, Borders, Scotland -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland
Destination airport:
Narrative:
1 November 1978: Jaguar GR.1 XX759: An OCU student was flying on a low level navigation sortie, with an instructor acting as chase pilot in a second aircraft. Some 30 mins after take off, the pair encountered deteriorating weather conditions and the student called that he was pulling up.

The chase pilot saw XX759 disappear into cloud in a gentle climb but with no sign of the reheat having being lit. The chase pilot remained at low level and told the student to call "VMC on top"; this instruction was acknowledged by the student.

Approximately 20 secs later, the chase pilot saw in his left-hand mirror the plan view of XX759 in a near vertical dive before it crashed into the hillside some 300 metres from his position. The aircraft appeared intact prior to the impact and there was no signs of fire.

The student did not eject and was killed when his aircraft hit the ground. The Board was unable to determine why the student had lost control of the aircraft, but speculated that he might have been subject to distraction or disorientation, or a combination of both.

The Ecuadorean pilot was Cesar Raul Aguirre, aged 27, whose death was registered in Elgin in November 1978

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1978.htm
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20171028222715/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/Jaguar/Jaguar.htm
3. https://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/393492-226ocu-raf-lossiemouth-1978-a.html
4. http://www.targetlock.org.uk/jaguar/service_uk.html
5. http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm198889/cmhansrd/1989-04-24/Writtens-1.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jul-2011 00:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jun-2013 22:06 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Feb-2014 07:09 Nepa Updated [Operator]
04-Dec-2018 09:58 Nepa Updated [Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Operator]

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