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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137482
Last updated: 13 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-111C
Owner/operator:6 Sqn RAAF
Registration: A8-133
C/n / msn: D1-09
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Evans Head, NSW -   Australia
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAAF Amberley, Queensland
Destination airport:
Delivered to RAAF 25/7/73. Served with 6 Squadron, RAAF at Amberley. Crashed 29/09/77 near Evans Head NSW after a bird (reportedly a pelican) flew through the windscreen at low level during bombing pass. Crew module separation activated at approximately 520 knots whilst aircraft descending and outside survival envelope. Both crew - Squadron Leader John Holt (pilot) and Flt Lt A.P. "Phil" Noordink (pilot - undergoing conversion) - were killed.

This accident demonstrated the vulnerability of the aircraft to bird strikes during low-altitude high-speed operations, and laminated ADBRIT windshields were fitted to the entire fleet to prevent a recurrence.

On September 29 2006 - the 29th anniversary of the crash - a memorial to the two crew was dedicated at Evans Head, NSW

[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:]l (aircraft had USAF serial 67-0133 for test flying in the USA)

Revision history:

18-Jul-2011 13:33 Anon. Added
02-Feb-2013 13:10 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]
11-Apr-2013 13:35 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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