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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56559
Last updated: 12 October 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F3
Owner/operator:111 (Treble One) Squadron Royal Air Force (111 (Treble One) Sqn RAF)
Registration: XP752
C/n / msn: 95180
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Colmar, Haut-Rhin department, Alsace -   France
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Colmar, France
Destination airport:Colmar, France
First flown by T.M.S. Ferguson on 20-4-64 at BAC Samlesbury. Delivered to 74 Squadron, 1-6-64 and later with 111 Squadron as 'D'. On 20/05/1971, the Lightning collided with the underside of a L'Armee De L'Air (French Air Force) Mirage IIIE during air combat manoeuvres over Colmar, Haut-Rhin, Alsace, France, at approximate co-ordinates: 4804′54″N, 721′20″E

Damage to the Mirage was only slight but the Lightning lost an engine and the main instruments. The pilot attempted to eject but was unable to as the canopy would not release. He was therefore forced to make an emergency landing back at Colmar, France. XP752 was later declared a write off and allocated to Coltishall as Ground instructional Airframe 8166M. Later used for fire and crash rescue training, scrapped in 1983.




Lightning F6 XP752 (8166M) dumped at RAF Coltishall in 1979The Aviation Photo Company: English Electric Lightning &emdash; RAF English Electric Lightning F.3 XP752 dumped at Coltishall (1979)

Revision history:

17-Feb-2012 15:38 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Apr-2013 14:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
13-Jun-2013 20:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code]
04-Aug-2013 13:37 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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