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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56606
Last updated: 7 December 2019
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Date:13-FEB-1974
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F3
Owner/operator:29 Squadron Royal Air Force (29 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XR715
C/n / msn: 95198
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Watermill Farm, Wenhaston, Blyford Green, Southwold, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed at Blyford Green, near Southwold, Suffolk after the pilot - Flt. Lt. T. Butcher - ejected following an engine fire. Per eyewitness report:

"I live myself very near the site of two plane crashes. On the 13th February 1974 an RAF English Electric Lightning's engine caught fire and the pilot Fl Lt Terry Butcher ejected. Instead of continuing to the North Sea as expected, the aircraft XR715 from RAF Wattisham smashed into the ground mere yards from my house at Watermill Farm, Wenhaston, the home of the late North Norfolk MP, John Hill.

Sources:

1. http://watertowerproject.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.htm
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1974.htm
3. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf3.htm]
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20170818203747/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/project/year_pages/1974.htm
5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_English_Electric_Lightning#1970s


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
16-May-2009 00:11 zerocinquanta Updated
13-Mar-2012 14:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 14:27 Nepa Updated [Operator]
25-Jun-2013 19:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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