Thunder & Lightnings

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Date26/02/1958
CasualtiesFlt Lt R.S. May. A Squadron A&AEE TP; Fg Off J.M.V. Coates, A Squadron A&AEE navigator
AircraftGloster Javelin FAW Mk 7 XH714
Took off fromBoscombe Down, Wiltshire
Purpose of flightnot known
Incident locationKingston, Hampshire
Incident detailsThe pilot was inadvertently ejected at 5,000ft owing to seat latch not being secured. He was entangled in the seat and unable to leave it. The navigator ejected at 2,000ft but the seat drogue disconnected early and he left the seat at insufficient height for his parachute to deploy


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