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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 55537


Last updated: 3 November 2015

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Date:

22-OCT-1987

Time:

17:06 GMT

Type:

BAe Harrier II GR.5

Owner/operator:

Britsh Aerospace Dunsfold

Registration:

ZD325

C/n / msn:

512113/P6

Fatalities:

Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1

Other fatalities:

Airplane damage:
Location:

Tweet

Written off (damaged beyond repair)


Atlantic Ocean, 250 miles SW of Irish Coast -

Ireland
Phase:
Nature:

En route
Military

Departure airport: Dunsfold


Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed into the Atlantic 250 miles SW of the Irish coast after flying for at least
1 hours without the pilot, Taylor Scott
The parachute deployment rocket had fired through the canopy dragging him out
of the cockpit. His body was found near Winterborne Stoke near Boscombe Down,
Wiltshire, several days later.
ZD325 took off from Dunsfold at 16:59 hours GMT. Pilot made his last radio call at

17:06 and did not make or answer radio calls after this time. Unconfirmed theory
is that the pilot passed out from oxygen starvation at 30.000 feet, due to
incorrect use of pilot's oxygen supply,
The
inadvertant ejection was reportedly caused by the pilot wrongly attempting

to adjust the height of the seat whilst in flight.


The
pilotless airframe was 'intercepted' by a USAF transport aircraft (either a
Lockheed C5 or C141), the crew of which confirmed the status of the aircraft.
They reported that "there was no-one in the cockpit". They videoed the Harrier
continuing west, with seat, a broken canopy and
no pilot. It eventually ran out of
fuel an crashed in the Atlantic 250 miles west of Ireland.

Sources:
http://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1987/1987%20-%202205.html
http://www.ghoststations.com/Harrier_Jet_Mystery_Ghost_Stations.html
http://www.pprune.org/military-aircrew/182748-accidental-fatal-ejection-oversouthern-england.html
http://www.pprune.org/aviation-history-nostalgia/177593-lightning-shootdownharrier.html

Revision history:
Date/time

Contributor Updates

12-Aug-2011 00:30 Dr. John


Smith

Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Total fatalities,


Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport,
Source, Narrative]

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