Gear-up landing Accident English Electric Lightning F Mk 3 XR721, Wednesday 5 January 1966
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Date:Wednesday 5 January 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic LTNG model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
English Electric Lightning F Mk 3
Owner/operator:56 (Punjab) Sqn RAF
Registration: XR721
MSN: 95204
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:B1079 road at Elm Farm, Helmingham, 11 miles E of Wattisham, Suffolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Wattisham, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Belly landed on the B1079 road at Elm Farm, Helmingham eleven miles east of Wattisham, Suffolk after being unable to maintain height following the failure of the No.1 engine. It was on an extended approach to Bentwaters and was approximately 20 miles out. A canopy fault had prevented the pilot from ejecting but the aircraft slid into a tree, the impact of which fired the seat, which was now outside its limits, killing the pilot, Flying Officer D. Law. The aircraft came to a halt at the wall of a roadside cottage.


Revision history:

12-Feb-2012 12:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
25-Sep-2012 02:32 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Source]
09-Jan-2013 13:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
27-May-2013 05:53 Nepa Updated [Operator]
21-May-2018 13:26 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type]

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