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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58295
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 6
Owner/operator:54 Squadron Royal Air Force (54 Sqn RAF)
Registration: XF427
MSN: S4/U/3303
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bouldner, 2 miles east of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Odiham, Basingstoke, Hampshire (ODH/EGVO)
Destination airport:RAF Manston, Ramsgate, Kent (MSE/EGMH)
Written off 13/03/1957: Hunter XF427 took off from RAF Odiham, Hampshire to carry out a practice diversion to RAF Manston, Kent. As briefed, the pilot was passed details of the weather at Andover (Hampshire) and Selsey Bill (West Sussex). Nothing further was heard from this aircraft, and it was destroyed when it dived into the ground from a great height, flying through very adverse weather conditions.

XF427 Dived into the ground inverted at high speed at Bouldnor, two miles east of Yarmouth, Isle of Wight after the pilot lost consciousness. (Possibly due to anoxia - oxygen starvation: it is reported that the pilot had experienced a similar "episode" two years earlier). He did not eject and was killed.

Crew of Hunter XF427:
Flight Lieutenant Michael Adrian CROOK, RAF (pilot, Service Number 607445, aged 23) - killed on active service 13/3/1957.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.188 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 28)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.238
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Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
11-Mar-2012 19:18 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Aug-2012 08:31 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
16-Apr-2013 11:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]
28-Jun-2014 10:18 angels one five Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Nature, Narrative]
09-Jun-2015 17:57 Angel dot comma Updated [Aircraft type, Operator]
30-Jul-2020 20:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Jul-2020 21:23 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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