Thunder & Lightnings

Test Flying Memorial

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Date22/10/1987
CasualtiesTaylor Scott, BAe Dunsfold TP
AircraftBritish Aerospace Harrier GR.5 ZD325
Took off fromDunsfold, Surrey
Purpose of flightPre-delivery test flight
Incident locationWinterbourne Stoke, Wiltshire (pilot), North Atlantic 250 miles s.w. of Ireland (aircraft)
Incident detailsPilot was involuntarily ejected from the aircraft probably as a result of part of the ejection seat operating mechanism being distorted by an unsecured piece of equipment when the pilot lowered the seat. This fired the drogue chute, dragging the pilot out through the canopy. The aircraft flew on and was shadowed until fuel was exhausted, when it crashed into the North Atlantic.
Web linkAviation Safety Network entry


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