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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56560
Last updated: 1 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 F Mk 6
Owner/operator:5 Sqn Royal Air Force (5 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XS902
C/n / msn: C/N 95248
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 9 miles SE of Spurn Head, East Yorkshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Binbrook, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Lightning F.6 XS902 ("J" of 5 Squadron) crashed 26/5/1971 into the North Sea nine miles South East of Spurn Head, East Yorkshire after the pilot - Flt Lt Mackay ejected safely following a reheat fire. (Other published sources give the crash location as "15 miles north-east of Grimsby, Lincolnshire"). The pilot was reportedly a Canadian (RCAF) pilot on an exchange posting. He reportedly ejected from an altitude of 10,000 feet, and was "fished out" of the North Sea by a Whirlwind HAR.10 SAR helicopter from RAF Leconfield. Total Hours flown on airframe: 1,051.


1. Halley, James (2001). Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100 to XZ999. Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130-311-0.
2. Halley, James (1999). Broken Wings - Post War Royal Air Force Accidents. Air-Britain. ISBN 978-0-85130-290-4.
9. Yorkshire Air News June 1971:

Revision history:

30-Dec-2008 11:09 harro Updated
12-Mar-2012 18:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2012 01:56 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
03-Aug-2015 19:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2015 20:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2015 20:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Aug-2015 13:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Source]

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