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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82598
Last updated: 13 December 2019
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Date:03-JUN-1980
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: XV589
C/n / msn: 3363
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Alconbury, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Alconbury, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
RAF Phantom FGR.1 XV589 flown by Flt. Lt. P. R. Watling and Flt. Lt. S. L. James. The aircraft was detached from RAF Leuchars for training purposes and was on a routine flight to Alconbury.

As the aircraft neared the airfield and lined up for the runway at approximately 350 feet altitude the nose section radome was seen to open. This sudden resultant drag factor caused the aircraft to roll and yaw. Despite attempts to correct these the pilot and navigator had no option but to eject. They both landed safely and suffered slight injuries.

Sources:

1. http://www.ukserials.com/pdflosses/maas_19800603_xv589.pdf
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20160530201214/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/project/Biographies/Joint-Crash-Details/1980_June-03-Phantom_Open_Radome/Radome_Open.htm
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20130125225822/http://www.phantomreunion.talktalk.net:80/airgall2.htm
4, http://thephantomshrine.co.uk/hist.htm
5. http://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1981/1981%20-%202672.PDF

xv589 photo: F-4 FG1 RAF 111 Sqn XV589 P 1980 F4_FG1_111_XV589_P_1980_001.jpg

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
05-Jun-2013 01:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jul-2013 03:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Source, Embed code]
04-Aug-2013 13:27 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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