Accident Canadair CF-104 Starfighter 12721,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 186824
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Date:Wednesday 7 January 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic F104 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Canadair CF-104 Starfighter
Owner/operator:Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
Registration: 12721
MSN: 683A-1021
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:CFB Baden-Soellingen -   Germany
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen
Destination airport:CFB Baden-Soellingen
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The 427 (ST/A) Squadron CF-104 had just completed two touch-and-go landings on Runway 22 at CFB Baden-Soellingen. The pilot was on final approach for a full-stop, when without warning, he encountered a control malfunction. The aircraft banked sharply 90-degrees to the right with a slightly nose-high attitude. The aircraft then side-slipped towards the ground with the nose dropping. The aircraft impacted a field, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 m) from the runway. The pilot, Capt. W.M. Wright, did not eject and was killed in the crash.

Although the investigation was unable to determine the cause of the crash, it was determined that the most probable cause was a component failure in the flight control system.


VAC Accident Synopsis
F-104_CAF_history_427sqn_1962-1970 (Pg 74)

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17-Aug-2020 18:42 Cosmo Updated [Source, Narrative]

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