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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55580
Last updated: 1 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.1A
Owner/operator:1 Sqn Royal Air Force (1 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XV739
MSN: 712002
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Happy Valley football pitch -   Cyprus
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus (EPK)
Destination airport:Episkopi Air Base, Cyprus (EPK)
Crashed at Episkopi, Cyprus in the climbing transition from the hover after experiencing uncontrollable forward pitch whilst accelerating from the hover during a CENTO weapons demonstration. The pilot - Flt. Lt. Hulley - ejected safely from the aircraft (which was at 45 degrees nose down) but sustained a broken ankle caused by an over-zealous rescuer pulling him from the wreckage! Untrue
I was the rescuer----Pilot ejected and was drawn back into the burning aircraft breaking leg on landing
I released his chute and dragged him to safety from the burning Harrier on his PSP and applied first
aid I was subsequently Gazetted and awarded the Queens Commendation for Bravery


6. XV739 at Leuchars (EGQL) on 15/9/1973:
Halley, James J (2001). Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100 to XZ999. Air-Britain. ISBN 0-85130-311-0.

Revision history:

30-Dec-2008 11:53 harro Updated
02-Aug-2011 00:46 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]
05-Apr-2013 14:22 Nepa Updated [Operator]
01-Jul-2013 19:24 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
26-May-2015 06:54 Paul Davey Updated [Location]
25-Sep-2016 09:50 Eddie Doyle Updated [Narrative]
28-Jun-2017 11:43 Anon. Updated [Location, Departure airport]
01-Dec-2021 08:08 Jules M Updated [Narrative]

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