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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58223
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Date:16-OCT-1964
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter FGA9
Owner/operator:8 Sqn Royal Air Force (8 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XE592
MSN: 41H/679907
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 miles off Masirah Island -   Oman
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Masirah Island, Oman
Destination airport:RAF Khormaksar, Aden
Narrative:
Crashed into the sea eight miles off Masirah Island, Oman killing the pilot

Per eyewitness reports:
"There was a short detachment to Masirah Island involving six aircraft of the Khormaksar strike wing. The pilots were from both 8 and 43 Squadrons, which was unusual in that they rarely ever flew together. At the end of the detachment, a six-ship formation took off and, during the join into battle formation, commenced a climbing turn onto the track back to Khormaksar. The weather was fine. Unfortunately in the turn Flying Officer Ian Stephens, who was flying XE592, flew into the sea and was killed."

"I was stationed at Masirah at the time of this accident. Along with other servicemen, we stood on the verandah of the control tower and witnessed the hunters taking off. Unfortunately Fg Off Stephens aircraft did not complete the climb to formation for the flight back to Khormaksar. It flew straight into the sea but it was very close to the shore, certainly not eight miles as stated, it was no more than 1 mile. A search was immediately made by a inflatable dingy, but only a detachable pod from the underside of the aircraft was found. As stated at the inquiry and witnessed by myself and others, the ejection seat was not deployed. A search was also made later that year by Royal Navy divers for the aircraft but I do not know if any wreckage was found because I left Masirah in December."

Sources:

1. http://www.abpic.co.uk/photo/1290195/
2. http://www.radfanhunters.co.uk/Accidents.htm
3. http://www.ukserials.com/losses-1964.htm
4. Eye Witness at time of accident
5. http://web.archive.org/web/20171012054548/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Country-By-Country/Oman.htm

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6 May 1968 XE532 8 Sqn RAF 0 Persian Gulf three miles WSW of Dubai w/o


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
19-May-2012 13:53 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Oct-2012 03:29 Cpl4266597 Updated [Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2013 08:11 Nepa Updated [Operator]
03-Oct-2013 22:54 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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