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Royal Air Force ZE962 / XC nr 35

Tornado F3

111 Sqn. Leuchars, Fife Scotland

14th October 2005





                                                      photo Dundee Courier

One of the crew is stretchered off the Sea King at Ninewells Hospital.


Thanks to The Staff at the Dundee Courier for permission to add the link and use their photograph especially Jim Allison, Deputy Editor

 F3 crew saved in ditching drama

 AN RAF Tornado crew from Leuchars ejected safely from their F3 jet before it crashed into the North Sea.

 The 111 Squadron aircraft was on a routine sortie to Leeming on October 14 when the incident occurred.

 A Leuchars spokesman said: "It was seen to take off and start to climb to medium level over the sea, but a few minutes later air traffic control lost contact with the jet and a search‑and‑rescue operation was immediately launched.

 "Sea King helicopters from A Flight, 202 Squadron at Boulmer and Gannet were quickly on the scene as were lifeboats from Broughty Ferry and Anstruther. The location of the crash site is 10 miles east of Leuchars in the North Sea.

 "Both crew members ejected safely and were airlifted to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee for initial assessment.

 "It has been confirmed that they only suffered minor injuries but as a precautionary measure, and in accordance with RAF policy, they were transferred by Sea King to a specialist unit in Nottingham for post ejection investigations.

 "This is a routine procedure. A board of inquiry has been convened."

 The Boulmer‑based Sea King crew were Fg Off Adam Shipley, Sqn Ldr lain Macfarlane (OC A Flight), MACr Graham Maving and Sgt Simon Price.

 Meanwhile, a Tornado GR4 from Lossiemouth had to divert to Stomoway after sensors indicated a rear fuselage fire.

 The 12 Squadron crew was on a training sortie on October 18 when they landed without injury. As RAF News went to press, an operation was underway to repair the aircraft and return it to base.

RAF News
Issue 1,135
October 28, 2005 page 3





111 Sqn Tornado F3
crashes near St. Andrew's Bay


A Royal Air Force F3 Tornado from RAF Leuchars, Fife, Scotland crashed shortly after take-off from its base over the sea near St. Andrews Bay.

Both the pilot and the navigator were rescued by a RAF Sea King Helicopter XZ595 and air-lifted to Ninewells Hospital for initial treatment. One had a minor leg injury.


More information to follow when confirmed and permitted.