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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55461
Last updated: 22 March 2019
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Date:27-SEP-1983
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic TOR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Panavia Tornado GR1
Owner/operator:Royal Air Force (RAF)
Registration: ZA586
C/n / msn: BS029/093
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:5 mi NNE of Kings Lynn, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Honington
Destination airport:RAF Honington
Narrative:
Complete electrical failure occurred during a night time descent. Aircraft crashed on Wolferton Marsh. Navigator Flt.Lt. N. Nickles ejected safely but pilot Sqn.Ldr. Michael Stephens killed.

During a night time training sortie, ZA586 suffered a generator failure on the right hand engine and before the crew could action the FRC's, the left engine generator also failed. The crew could only communicate by shouting loudly to each other and once the batteries had discharged, control of the engines was lost and the engines ran down. The aircraft then began to descend and the pilot gave the order to eject.

It is assumed that in the course of the ejection of the navigator, the pilot was somehow incapacitated and was unable to eject himself as the command ejection system was set to rear and not both.

Sources:

http://mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/77186A18-0C22-43CA-AA81-4A64C4E600D8/0/maas83_22_tornado_gr1_za586_27sept83.pdf
http://sixtycompany.weebly.com/1983-operation-chikara-norfolk.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
19-Sep-2009 10:35 harro Updated
24-Aug-2011 12:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
08-Apr-2013 16:47 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
14-Jun-2013 08:59 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
14-Jun-2013 09:02 TB Updated [Source]
07-Nov-2014 15:34 sirjames111 Updated [Narrative]
01-Nov-2015 20:28 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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