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Sea Harrier
Losses & Ejections

Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
  The first Sea Harrier loss
1st December 1980
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ454 800 NAS
HMS Invincible
struck top of ski-jump during a flying display Lt.Cdr. M. Blisset ejected - minor injuries   Martin-Baker
4th May 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ450 800 NAS,HMS Hermes  Shot down by AAA over Goose Green Lt. Nick Taylor killed   Martin-Baker
6th May 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ452 801 NAS
HMS Invincible
CAP over Falklands. Suspected collision with XZ453 Lt. Cdr. E. John Eyton-Jones MIA   Martin-Baker
6th May 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ453 801 NAS
HMS Invincible
CAP over Falklands. Suspected collision with XZ452 Lt. A. Curtis MIA   Martin-Baker
17th May 1982 BAe & A&AEE Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ438 No 809 squadron aircraft

BAe & A&AEE development aircraft

 Yeovilton ski-jump.  Trialling 330 gallon underwing tanks. fuel problems an asymetric fuel load condition in the empty tanks Lt. Cdr. D. Poole (809 NAS) ejected - minor injuries.   Martin-Baker
23rd May 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA174 801 NAS
HMS Invincible
Slipped off side of carrier Lt. Cdr. M. Broadwater ejected safely   Martin-Baker
23rd May 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA192 800 NAS,
HMS Hermes
explosion after take-off  Lt. Cdr. Gordon "Gordy" W. J.
Batt killed
  no ejection
1st June 1982
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ456/008 809 Sqn. from HMS Invincible brought down by a Roland AAM during Falklands
campaign on a reconnaissance
mission south of Port Stanley airfield
Flt. Lt. Ian 'Morts' Mortimer ejected safely landing in the sea off Port Stanley. He was
rescued eight hours later.
  Martin-Baker
21st January 1983
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA177 800 NAS
HMS Hermes

or

No 899 squadron

Spin. Crashed at Cattistock, Dorset Lt. Fox ejected with spinal injuries   Martin-Baker
15th June 1983
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ500 800 NAS
HMS Illustrious.
Inverted spin. Control lost. Crashed into Bay of Biscay Lt. Hargreaves ejected safely   Martin-Baker
20th October 1983
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA194   control restriction Major O'Hara (USMC) ejected safely   Martin-Baker
16th March 1984
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ496 800 NAS ??HMS Illustrious engine failure alongside carrier Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
1st December 1984
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ458   bird strike engine failure over Fort William, Scotland Lt. Collier ejected with minor injuries   Martin-Baker
16th April 1986
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ491
R 000
801 Sqn
HMS Ark Royal
Fuel exhaustion.  due to instrument malfunction and carrier misdirection in
bad weather crashed into the sea off Benbecula, Outer Hebrides
Lt. Cdr. Andy Sinclair ejected safely

Lt. Cdr. Sinclair transferred from the Royal Australian Navy to the Royal Navy in 1984

Martin-Baker

16 April 1986 a BAe Sea Harrier FRS1, .  He was very much a member of the RN when he crashed the SHAR and had no ties to the RAN (other than by prior experience). 

I do not believe the aircraft was a BAe test bed either.  I remember it as just a normal squadron aircraft. 

 Andy was a member of 800 Naval Air Squadron (NAS) which was a part of the HMS Illustrious CAG.  They were on board Ark Royal as reinforcements/guests during an extensive operational training period for 801 NAS (Ark Royal CAG's Fighter squadron).

 Very best regards,

 Dave B
in email 14th October 2007

20th October 1983
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA194   control restriction Major O'Hara (USMC) ejected safely   Martin-Baker
15th October 1987
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA190 801 NAS
HMS Invincible
bird strike Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
4th Oct 1989
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA191 800 NAS
HMS Ark Royal
hit HMS Ark Royal's mast during flypast Lt. Paul Simmonds-Short ejected safely check files for photo Martin-Baker
1st December 1989
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ451 801 NAS
HMS Ark Royal
control failure near Sardinia Lt. M. Auckland ejected safely   Martin-Baker
9th May 1990
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ460 800 NAS
HMS Invincible
flew into  Mediterranean sea off Capo Teulada, south Sardinia  during air-sea exercise after take-off. Taking part in exercise "Dragon Hammer" Lt. Holmes
No Ejection
killed
  no ejection
 

Further details via Sandro

10th May 1991
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZD609   Control restriction. Crashed over South Wales Lt. H. Mitchell ejected, seriously injured   Martin-Baker
25th August 1992
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 ZA193   lost a pitch nozzle, ditched alongside HMS Invincible Lt. Wilson (800 NAS) ejected safely   Martin-Baker
5th January 1994
RN
Sea Harrier FA2 XZ495 899 NAS engine failure over Bristol Channel Lt. Wilson ejected safely   Martin-Baker
16th April 1994
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ498 801 Sqn
from HMS Ark Royal
Shot down near
Gorazde,  Bosnia by a SAM-7
Lt. N. Richardson ejected safely - rescued Martin-Baker
15th December 1994
RN
Sea Harrier FRS1 XZ493 800 NAS
HMS Invincible
control failure during hover alongside carrier Lt. D. Kistruck ejected safely   Martin-Baker
14th February 1996
RN
Sea Harrier FA2 XZ455 800 Sqn
HMS Hermes
accident over Adriatic Sea Pilot ejected safely   Martin-Baker
8th October 2001
RN
Sea Harrier     overran the runway at Yeovilton
Sqn Ldr.
Spon Clayton

2nd Ejection

2 crushed vertebra ( to go with 3 from the Hunter see 15th February 1992) and a sore ankle-landed on the concrete!!

  Martin-Baker Mk 10
Thursday
5th December 2002
09:40h

RN
Sea Harrier T8   Royal Naval Air Station in Yeovilton, Somerset, on attachment to Wittering Crashed on take-off at RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire One pilot ejected - suffered not seriously injured   Martin-Baker
One pilot ejected - suffered fatal injuries   Martin-Baker
11th June 2003
RN
Sea Harrier FRS 2     Aircraft became uncontrollable at 28,000ft and went into a spin. Off coast of North Devon pilot Lt. Cdr. Robert Schwab ejected safely at 10,000 ft. He was rescued from the sea uninjured 7000th Life Saved Martin-Baker Mk 10 H
21st April 2003
Spanish Navy
Harrier AV-8B     Crashed into  the sea in the Gulf of Cadiz Pilot ejected    
                 

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