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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82597
Last updated: 3 September 2019
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Date:28-FEB-1979
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1
Owner/operator:111 (Treble One) Squadron Royal Air Force (111 (Treble One) Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV578
C/n / msn: 3182
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 50 miles E of RAF stn Montrose, Fife -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGDL)
Narrative:
Crashed and destroyed February 28, 1979: crashed into the North Sea 50 miles east of Montrose, Both crew - Squadron Leader Mal. Gleeve (pilot) and Flying Officer Al Lewry (navigator) - ejected.

Per 2007 eyewitness report from Al Lewry: "We'd been doing fighter affillation with another 111 Squadron F-4 and a Vulcan. On returning to Leuchars, we carried out a mutual run against each other when one engine seized and the other followed shortly after. Ejected around 9,000 ft. Other point of note is that we were the first 'live' RAF Sea King rescue - the aircraft was already airborne out of Boulmer when they heard the Mayday."

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171019205516/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/F-4_Phantom_RAF.htm
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1979.htm
3. http://thephantomshrine.co.uk/hist.htm
4. http://www.oocities.org/g111258/Accidents.html

Phantom FG.1 XV579 as O/43 Sqn at RAF Leuchars in 1974 The Aviation Photo Company: Latest Additions &emdash; 43 Squadron McDonnell F-4K Phantom FG.1 XV578/O (1974)

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
07-Feb-2013 14:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 21:36 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
19-Jun-2013 06:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Embed code]
04-Aug-2013 13:44 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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