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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59931
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Date:03-MAR-1975
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II
Owner/operator:111 (Treble One) Squadron Royal Air Force (111 (Treble One) Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV416
C/n / msn: 3017
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:River Witham, near Coningsby, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:RAF Conningsby, Lincolnshire
Narrative:
Crashed 3/31975 due to engine failure during or soon after take off. XV416 was returning to base after diverting for the weekend because of fog. The aircraft made several abortive attempts to land at Coningsby.

On his last lift off there was an almighty bang followed by flames coming out one of the engines, the other was in reheat. It was quite an impressive sight. This was quickly followed by the crew ejecting. XV416 was last seen disappearing in a wide arc to end up in the river Witham after clipping a farmhouse. Luckilly, the crew survived and no-one was hurt on the ground.

Pilot considered that the aircraft was neither climbing or accelerating. Time delay due to navigator asking for confirmation of "Eject! Eject!" command. Crashed into River Witham, shortly after take off from Coningsby, Lincolnshire.

Pilot - Flt. Lt. P. Trotter - ejected at 400 feet, 180 knots IAS. Attitude straight and level. Sustained cut to left eyebrow and sprained neck. Navigator - Flying Officer P. Tolman - also ejected at 400 feet, 180 knots IAS. Attitude straight and level. Sustained minor vertebrae damage. Cut at left eyebrow.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171119015228/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/project/year_pages/1975.htm
2. http://www.thephantomshrine.co.uk/Databases/f4-serials.txt
3. http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=40&t=24359&p=383575
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1975.htm
5. http://www.bcar.org.uk/1970s-incident-logs#1975


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-May-2009 12:52 zerocinquanta Added
24-Nov-2011 15:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 14:19 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
05-Jun-2013 15:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Aug-2013 13:39 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
26-Jul-2015 16:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Dec-2016 20:13 Buzzer Rolph Updated [Time]

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