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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 143816
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Date:27-JUL-1970
Time:11:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
English Electric Lightning F6
Owner/operator:74 Squadron Royal Air Force (74 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XS930
C/n / msn: 95263
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chua Chu Kang Farm, near RAF Tengah -   Singapore
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Photo/air-to-air
Departure airport:RAF Tengah, Singapore (TGA/WSAT)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
First flown by R.P. Beamont on 20-3-67 at BAC Samlesbury. Delivered to 11 Squadron, 26-5-67. Crashed, 27-7-70, while with 74 Squadron, Tengah, Singapore as 'L'.

It was intended that the aircraft would take off from Tengah, Singapore and then execute a maximum rate climb for the benefit of a photographer. The photographer, however was not positioned far enough along the runway for the Lightning to have attained sufficient speed. The pilot pulled up next to the photographer nonetheless but the aircraft stalled. After getting airborne safely from Tengah and, some 300 feet short of the runway barrier, he rotated.

The Lightning snapped into the vertical without climbing and mushed along the runway before staggering to 400 feet. The aircraft then auto-rotated, coming down like a leaf, then after what looked like a recovery it disappeared behind a screen of trees, a pall of smoke confirmed the worst...

It was found a shift in fuel from the wings towards the rear, had unbalanced the aircraft, something the pilot never knew of at the time. The RAF and manufacturer looked into the centre of gravity issue of the jet afterwards.

XS930 then looped twice and crashed into a Malay village, at Chua Chu Kang Farm, near Tengah, destroying 100 buildings and killing two villagers. (According to contemporary press reports - see below - it was also claimed at the time that 1,000 chickens were killed in the ensuring fire).

The pilot - Flt Lt Whitehouse - ejected at too low an altitude and was killed. Hours flown 785h 55m.

Sources:

1. http://www.aviation-picture-hangar.co.uk/xs930.html
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.lightning.org.uk/histf6.htm]
3. http://forums.airshows.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=7733&start=0&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
4. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1970.htm
5. The Straits Times 28 July 1970 at http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Page/straitstimes19700728-1.1.1.aspx (front page) and http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Page/straitstimes19700728-1.1.26.aspx (back page)
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_the_English_Electric_Lightning#1970s


Images:


At the crash site a couple of days later.

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Feb-2012 15:09 Dr. John Smith Added
07-Apr-2013 08:24 Nepa Updated
28-Jun-2013 22:36 Dr. John Smith Updated
28-Jun-2013 22:39 Dr. John Smith Updated
03-Oct-2013 23:30 Dr. John Smith Updated
30-May-2018 18:17 Bill Here Updated

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