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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56497
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:30-APR-1976
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic GNAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Folland Gnat T.1
Owner/operator:4 FTS Royal Air Force (4 FTS RAF)
Registration: XR983
MSN: FL580
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Brithdir, near Dolgellau, Gwynedd -   United Kingdom
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Valley (HLY/EGOV)
Destination airport:RAF Valley (HLY/EGOV)
Narrative:
On the 30th April 1976 two Folland Gnat T.1 trainers (XP536 and XR983) flying from 4 FTS, RAF Valley collided over the village of Brithdir with the loss of the 2 crews of each aircraft

Flt. Lt. Kenneth Graham Ivell
Flt. Lt. David James Mather
Flt. Lt. Ian James Sanford
Capt. David Kiefer U.S.A.F

(It is not clear who was in which aircraft). The two Gnats (XR983 and XP536) were taking part in a larger formation marking the retirement of a squadron commander at Valley. One of the crews reported a Phantom aircraft close by and as one of the pilots was intent on spotting this aircraft his plane struck the underside of the other Gnat.

Flt. Lt. David James Mather was considered an expert in low level navigation and a trophy donated by his widow to 4 FTS is awarded in his honour to students who attain the high standards required

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20121025182700/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/Aircraft_by_Type/Folland_Gnat.htm
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1976.htm
3. http://wrecksiteuk.blogspot.com/2010/10/gnat-collision-xp536-and-xr983-30th.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Apr-2010 10:20 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
16-Jul-2011 12:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2013 14:51 Nepa Updated [Operator]
23-Jun-2013 03:04 Anon. Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
23-Jun-2013 05:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
13-Oct-2013 16:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Embed code, Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 06:56 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
17-Jul-2016 06:56 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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