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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56597
Last updated: 2 December 2021
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Date:12-OCT-1964
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: XR976
MSN: FL573
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Rhosneigr, Anglesey, Wales -   United Kingdom
Phase: Landing
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RAF Valley, Anglesey (VLY/EGOV)
Destination airport:RAF Valley, Anglesey (VLY/EGOV)
Narrative:
Undercarriage failure due to undershooting on landing at RAF Valley, Anglesey. Aircraft attempted to climb and go around again, but hit ground after overshoot at Rhosneigr, Anglesey.

Of the two crew on board, Flt. Lt. Mike Vickers ejected at 5-600 feet approx. 150 knots I.A.S, and Lt. Richard Sheridan (RN) ejected at 2-300 feet approx. 150 knots I.A.S.

Per eyewitness report from one of the two pilots involved, Richard Sheridan:

"I was on exchange duty at Valley as a QFI & on this occasion was doing ' continuation training' with Flt. Lt. Mike Vickers of Standards Flight to upgrade my QFI rating from B1 to A2.

I was demonstrating a practice forced landing from the back seat & as I started to flare at 500 ft. there was no nose-up change in the attitude of the aircraft. I hit the Standby Trim switch & the nose slowly started to rise. I could see that we were going to hit the undershoot just short of the "down' barrier & I put on full power. The aircraft was level as we hit the ground & we bounced into the air shedding the main gear legs & folding the nose gear neatly into its stowage! With the Gnat in a steep climbing turn to port & with no pitch control I shouted 'eject' ( I was talking to myself because the crash strip on the belly had switched off all the electrics & fired the engine fire extinguisher!) I estimate that I was at 100 feet when I left & was in the 'chute for 2 to 3 seconds before landing on the grass to the left of the runway. Mike said that he was at 2-300 feet when he ejected.

We both landed before the Gnat crashed into a small stream between the runway & the village of Rhosneigr. We were the fifth & sixth Gnat ejectees & the first to have no apparent compression fractures of the spine."


Sources:

1. http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/project/Biographies/Joint-Crash-Details/1964-10-12_FollandGnat/19641012Gnat.htm
2. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1964.htm
3. http://wrecksiteuk.blogspot.co.uk/2008/09/raf-valley.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
13-Jul-2011 11:50 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jan-2013 15:10 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
03-Oct-2013 22:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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