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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56490
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Type:Silhouette image of generic GNAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Folland Gnat T.1
Owner/operator:CFS (Red Arrows) Aerobatic Display Team Royal Air Force (CFS (Red Arrows) Aerobatic Display Team RAF)
Registration: XR981
MSN: FL578
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF Kemble, Gloucestershire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:RAF Kemble (EGBP)
Destination airport:RAF Kemble
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Struck ground whilst practising aerobatics, killing both crew. Crew was Flt. Lt. Stephen Edward Noble (pilot) and Wing. Commander. Dennis George Hazell AFC.

The accident involving XR981 happened during pre-season practice, specifically while the team were practicing roll-backs at low altitude. The aircraft ended up inverted and neither occupant left the aircraft. One seat fired, but couldn’t go anywhere. Steve Noble survived initially but died later that day.



Other occurrences involving this aircraft

22 Jul 1964 XR978 4 FTS RAF 0 Llyn Celyn reservoir, near Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales w/o


Line up of Red Arrows Gnats at RAF Little Rissington on 7 October 1973: XR981 nearest camera


Photo of XR981 courtesy

Glasgow - Prestwick (EGPK / PIK)
14 June 1975; (c) Lewis Grant

Revision history:

22-Jul-2011 00:26 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 09:02 Anon. Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-Jun-2013 13:00 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
20-Jun-2013 08:12 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
30-Dec-2019 20:45 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Destination airport, Operator]

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