Accident BAe Harrier GR9 ZG478, Thursday 14 May 2009
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Date:Thursday 14 May 2009
Time:10:30 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
BAe Harrier GR9
Owner/operator:1 Sqn RAF
Registration: ZG478
MSN: P68
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Kandahar Airbase -   Afghanistan
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Kandahar (KDH/OAKN)
Destination airport:Kandahar (KDH/OAKN)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
After an uneventful two aircraft sortie their landing back at Kandahar, Afghanistan was held off by ten minutes due to a busy circuit. When cleared to land ATC requested an expedite landing and runway clearance due to heavy traffic.

The wingman landed first due to low fuel but received a hostile missile alert and released flares. ZG478's turn onto finals was too short. The downwind height was 6,500ft higher than that usually seen, but other Squadron pilots had over time progressively flown steeper and steeper approaches. Throughout the approach the rate of descent was too high and 'Hover Stop' (a selection of nozzle angle, not necessarily in attempt to Hover)was selected in an attempt to correct this.

At 180ft full power was selected but the tail struck the ground 30ft from the threshold. The outriggers and main undercarriage collapsed as did the nose wheel when the aircraft pitched forward. The under wing stores (bombs, rockets, recce pod, targeting pod and drop tanks) caught fire as it slid along the runway for 4,000ft. During the slide the pilot turned the aircraft away from a formation of four aircraft waiting to take off then ejected as it slowed down, but before it came to a stop. The fire spread to engulf the whole aircraft



Revision history:

17-May-2009 08:41 wandereruk Added
17-May-2009 20:55 wandereruk Updated
19-May-2009 00:03 FISHER01 Updated
04-Jun-2010 12:43 krasatpi Updated [Time, Source]
26-Aug-2011 06:04 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
20-Jan-2012 01:45 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
14-Mar-2012 11:03 Anon. Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 07:01 Nepa Updated [Operator]
15-May-2013 15:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Embed code, Damage, Narrative, Plane category, ]
28-Oct-2017 10:09 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
16-May-2019 17:00 harro Updated [Source, Embed code]
22-Jun-2020 12:49 Shakey Updated [Narrative]

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