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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152987
Last updated: 29 November 2019
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Date:15-DEC-1977
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic F111 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
General Dynamics F-111F
Owner/operator:493rd TFS, 48th TFW, USAF (493rd Tactical Fighter Squadron, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, United States Air Force)
Registration: 70-2380
C/n / msn: E2-19
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Scaltback Estate, Exning, near Newmarket, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk (LKZ/EGUL)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed and destroyed on December 15 1977. Suffered hydraulic failure which caused the aircraft to pitch straight up and then into an uncontrollable spin. Crashed on the Scaltback Estate, Exning, near Newmarket, Suffolk

Both crew - Pilot Captain Jerry L. Kemp and WSO Captain Thomas E. Bergam - ejected safely. Per eyewitness report from, one of the crew, Capt Tom Bergam:

"For all those curious about the F-111 crash in Newmarket in December of 1977, I was the Weapons System Officer on that day. My pilot, Capt Jerry Kemp and I, Capt Tom Bergam experienced hydraulic failure which caused the aircraft to pitch straight up and then into a spin. We ejected and our first and foremost concern was for the safety of those on the ground. Thank heavens, no one was injured. Although the accident occurred more than 30 years ago, I still remember it vividly."

Sources:

1. http://www.f-111.net/t_no_F.htm
2. http://htka.hu/static/cikkek/F-111/acftdata.pdf
3. http://www.fightercontrol.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=317&t=67563
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20170921070650/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/F_111/F-111.htm
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?104980-USAF-F111-crash-nr-Newmarket-1970s-1980s


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-Feb-2013 14:47 Dr. John Smith Added
17-Jun-2013 21:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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