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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77340
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley Sea Harrier FRS1
Owner/operator:800 NAS FAA RN
Registration: XZ450
MSN: 41H-912004
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Goose Green -   Falkland Islands
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:HMS Hermes, South Atlantic
Destination airport:
Early in the Falkland Conflict, after a few days without air strikes, on May 4 1982 a flight of three Sea Harriers belonging to the 800 Naval Air Squadron and armed with cluster bombs raided Goose Green.

However this time potential targets were well camouflaged, and the air base had been put under a 24-hour full alert. The 35 mm cannons were relocated to the north and south of the small Goose Green peninsular from their original position west of the airstrip. The raid's leading aircraft, piloted by Lt Cdr Gordie Batt, was locked up by the Skyguard system while flying from the east at very low altitude. Batt became aware of this from his onboard systems and deployed Chaff whilst breaking right so the Skyguard lost lock. However, behind the lead Sea Harrier was Sea Harrier XZ450, piloted by Lt Nick Taylor, this particular aircraft lacked a Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) as it had been removed before the war to fit instrumentation for a new missile, the Sea Eagle, that was undergoing trials.

Unaware of the threat ahead, Taylor was hit by a second salvo from the 35 mm cannons, XZ450's fuselage was hit and caught fire, losing the left wing in the process, it then cartwheeled in the air and crashed at a 10 degree angle.

Taylor's body was thrown through the canopy and fell 80 meters away from the crash site. The crash was caught on the gun camera film, of Flt Lt Ted Ball, which showed a large explosion in the region of the fuselage that was clearly unsurvivable

XZ450 appears to have been the first Sea Harrier to be lost in combat during the Falkalnds Conflict



Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
17-Sep-2011 17:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Country, Source]
10-Jun-2013 19:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Feb-2014 16:10 Nepa Updated [Operator]

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