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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk 4
Owner/operator:43 (China-British) Squadron Royal Air Force (43 (China-British) Sqn RAF)
Registration: XE705
MSN: HABL/003036
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:River Eden, RAF Leuchars, Fife. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Leuchars, Fife (ADX/EGQL)
Destination airport:
Hawker Hunter F.Mk.4 XE705: Built by Hawker Aircraft Blackpool. Delivered to the RAF at 45 MU 24/8/1955. First issued for service to 111 (Treble One) Squadron, RAF. Later to 92 Squadron as "F", then 43 Squadron as "P" from 20/9/1956.

Written off (damaged beyond repair) 3/10/1956: sustained multiple bird strikes take off from RAF Leuchars, Fife. The pilot aborted the take off, but overshot the runway onto mudflats in the river Eden. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair, but the pilot was rescued by a SAR Helicopter from Leuchars.


1. Halley, James (1999) Broken Wings Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents Tunbridge Wells: Air-Britain (Historians) Ltd. p.183 ISBN 0-85130-290-4.
2. Royal Air Force Aircraft XA100-XZ999 (James J Halley, Air Britain, 2001 p 24)
3. Category Five; A Catalogue of RAF Aircraft Losses 1954 to 2009 by Colin Cummings p.215
4. The Fighting Cocks: 43 (Fighter) Squadron By Jimmy Beedle p.326
7. Serious birdstrike-related accidents to military aircraft of Europe and Israel: list and analysis of circumstances / W. John Richardson (Published in International 8ird Strike Committee Proceedings and Papers 23)

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
17-Jul-2010 12:37 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2012 19:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2012 08:43 Nepa Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location]
26-May-2013 19:03 Nepa Updated [Operator]
12-Jul-2020 20:45 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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