Incident BAe Harrier II GR.7 ZD377,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55518
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Date:Thursday 9 January 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
BAe Harrier II GR.7
Owner/operator:4 Sqn RAF
Registration: ZD377
MSN: P25
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:RAF Laarbruch -   Germany
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Laarbruch
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Pitched down during take off from RAF Laarbruch, Germany due to a fault in the flap auto sensor system which put the flaps in the fully lowered position. When the pilot rotated the nozzles after the short take off the thrust blew directly onto the flaps. Impossible to correct the pitch, the Pilot ejected and landed on the airfield breaking a leg. Fortunately a cross wind blew him away from the still moving aircraft and it subsequently hit the runway, bounced inverted and the fuel load exploded. A 18 Sqn Puma also station at RAF Laarbruch was quickly launched, picked up the injured pilot who was flown to a nearby hospital.



Photo: AAIB

Revision history:

07-Aug-2011 22:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 18:33 Nepa Updated [Operator]
14-Apr-2013 18:21 harro Updated [Source]
24-Jan-2022 09:55 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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