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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82632
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2
Owner/operator:228 Operational Conversion Unit Royal Air Force (228 OCU RAF)
Registration: XT908
MSN: 2684
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North Sea, 52 miles E of Dundee, Tayside -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:RAF Leuchars (ADX/EGDL)
The sortie was planned as an air combat sortie between two Phantom FGR2's of 228 OCU from RAF Leuchars. XT908 was a trainer variant but had the control column in the rear cockpit removed.

The first intercept went as planned but in the climb back to 10,000ft, the pilot of XT908 (Sqn Ldr Nelson) suddenly informed his navigator (Flt Lt Moulds) that he was feeling unwell. The navigator then informed the rest of the formation of the emergency and provided the pilot with a steer towards base.

Shortly afterwards the pilot's level of consciousness rapidly decreased and although he was responding to commands, they were slow. The aircraft then began a decent and despite repeated requests, the aircraft descended. The navigator the shouted "Pull Up" and the pilot responded in an agitated manner and selected full dry power (no re-heat) and 10 degrees nose up. After this the pilot failed to respond to any requests.

The navigator selected full re-heat and as the aircraft passed 16,000ft, it departed from controlled flight and entered a spin. As there was no control column in the rear, the navigator ejected after being advised by the other aircraft not to leave his ejection too late and after informing the pilot.

The aircraft crashed into the sea. Location of crash cited as being 56'30.00"North, 0' 20.00" West

This was the second time that this pilot had became unwell at the controls of a Phantom but on the other occasion he managed to land safely but one wonders why he was still allowed to fly?




Photo of XT908 courtesy

Wattisham (EGUW)
31 March 1978; (c) Don Gilham

Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
28-Dec-2011 01:12 sirjames111 Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Oct-2012 16:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2013 08:01 Nepa Updated [Operator]
14-Nov-2014 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Location, Source, Embed code]
20-Nov-2015 21:29 JINX Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source]
21-May-2018 12:35 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
23-Nov-2018 20:53 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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