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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 155090
Last updated: 12 October 2021
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Type:Supermarine Swift FR Mk 5
Owner/operator:A&AEE Boscombe Down (Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment Boscombe Down)
Registration: XD975
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Wisley airfield, near Ripley, Surrey -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Aldergrove, Belfast, Northern Ireland (BFS/EGAA)
Destination airport:Wisley airfield, near Ripley, Surrey (EGTW)
Written off 15/08/1958. During a delivery flight from 23 MU, RAF Aldergrove, to the A&AEE at Boscombe Down the pilot allowed his approach speed to Wisley, Surrey to decay too far. Control was lost and XD975 crashed inverted onto the runway with full power applied. Lateral rocking with a slight nose up attitude just before crashing has all the hallmarks of a stall as the pilot attempted to slow after the overshoot. A tragic end to what should of been a routine flight. The pilot, Flight Lt John Edwards Elliott, was killed.

According to a contemporary newspaper report ("Coventry Evening Telegraph" - Friday 15 August 1958):

An R.A.F. Swift jet plane crashed at Wisley airfield, near Ripley, Surrey, today. The aircraft overturned on landing and caught fire. The pilot was killed. The Swift was from Aldergrove, Northern Ireland, and was coming in to land at Wisley"


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.197 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 21)
3. Coventry Evening Telegraph - Friday 15 August 1958
5. National Archives (PRO Kew) File AVIA 5/38/S2922:

Revision history:

14-Apr-2013 01:31 Dr. John Smith Added
26-Jun-2013 18:31 Nepa Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Narrative]
14-Oct-2013 11:24 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
26-Jun-2014 00:33 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Nature, Narrative]
26-Jun-2014 00:35 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
13-Feb-2020 23:09 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2020 21:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]

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