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Test Flying Memorial

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Date30/06/1966
CasualtiesFlt Lt W.C. Mackison, P; Flt Lt C.M. Pridmore, navigator; both of Experimental Flying Unit, RAE Farnborough
AircraftBlackburn (Hawker Siddeley) Buccaneer S Mk 1 XK528
Took off fromWest Freugh
Purpose of flightLABS system trials
Incident locationLuce Bay, Wigtownshire
Incident detailsFuel line ruptured by fatigue failure of starboard engine 4th stage compressor disc. Engine disintegrated, escaping fuel exploded causing main fuel tanks to rupture and ignite also. Control runs damaged and crew incapacitated; aircraft rolled left and impacted the sea.


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