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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82617
Last updated: 15 October 2019
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Date:23-JUL-1976
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2
Owner/operator:29 Squadron Royal Air Force (29 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV417
C/n / msn: 3026
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire
Destination airport:
Narrative:
During ACT with two Dutch F-104ís over the North Sea the starboard wing tip folded when pulling 5G. The crew ejected and the aircraft crashed into the sea off Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. Caused by a loose outer wing securing bolt. Crew later named as Flight Lieutenant Jim W. Jackson (pilot) and Captain B. A. 'Dave' Newberry (Canadian Air Force)

According to a report from one of the ground crew: "I seem to remember in the early 80's on the line on 56(F) Sqn, that all the F-4Ms up to XV417 had a hydraulic wing fold, a switch in the L/H undercarridge bay, and a speed brace was all that was required."

Wreckage was recovered, and sent (in September 1976) to Farnborough for accident investigation. From there the remains were sent to the PEE at Foulness Island, Essex in September 1979; since scrapped
The crew somehow regained control after the outer wing broke off, but on attempting trial approach at safe height ran out of lateral control so ejected. HSA tests in simulator showed with full opposite rudder to control yaw approach speed had to be above 210kts to land, then only on a long runway with a far end barrier as you wouldn't stop!

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.bcar.org.uk/1970s.html#76
3. https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanwz581/6701638345/ (wreckage of XV417 at Foulness in March 1981)
4. https://www.pprune.org/6631390-post105.html
5. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1976.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
23-Jun-2012 15:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Dec-2012 14:39 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2013 12:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Source, Embed code]
23-Jun-2013 02:27 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Jul-2015 23:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
12-Nov-2015 11:42 BC Norman Updated [Narrative]

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