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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 137404
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1
Owner/operator:1 Sqn Royal Air Force (1 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV796
MSN: 712046
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RAF stn Ouston, Northumberland -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Wittering (EGXT)
Destination airport:RAF Ouston, Northumberland
Crashed near Ouston, Northumberland following a flame out/engine failure. Pilot - Flight Lieutenant Neil Wharton - ejected safely. According to one published source (see link #1):

"The loss of XV796 on 6 October 1970, when the engine suddenly wound down, whilst the pilot was in the circuit prior to landing, but from which he had to eject, was caused by the failure of an idler gear in the gearbox, causing the loss of the drive to the fuel pump. The idler gear was overhung, with a bearing on only one side. This accident made a redesign necessary, to support the gear on both sides..."


1. Pegasus, The Heart of the Harrier By Andrew Dow

Revision history:

14-Jul-2011 01:13 Dr.John Smith Added
07-Apr-2013 08:26 Nepa Updated [Operator, Location]
09-Jun-2013 01:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
04-Aug-2015 12:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]

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