During an air display at the annual Overberg Air Force Base fly-in, the Lightning apparently suffered hydraulic problems. While burning off fuel, it crashed in a ball of flame starting a veld fire 5km north of the field. At the time of writing there were conflicting reports regarding an ejection, but the pilot apparently reported that he may have to eject on at least two occasions and that he was heading away from the populated area. He then reported an ejection failure.
After the crash the air show was stopped and spectators were requested to switch off their cell phones. Some time later the air show was resumed. It has since been confirmed that the pilot died in the accident and that his body was recovered some two hours later some distance away from the downed aircraft.
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Our thoughts go to the pilot and his family.
(14. 11. 2009, 19:37 CET)
Was at the airshow today Horrific is all I can say about the accident So sorry that things like this happen
2 Bob Hawkins
(16. 11. 2009, 14:45 CET)
This accedent is very tragic and it illustrates that operating ex military aircraft is not to encouraged. Sixteen years ago the CAA refused permission for Lightning aircraft to be operated on the civil register because of the poor safety record of the Ligntning in military use with full service technical backup. For a ejection seat to malfunction would point to very bad servicing error. I worked on the Lightning for twelve years and really they are an accedent waiting to happen. I hope that Mr. Pover noted this incident.
3 Gripen Kid
(22. 11. 2009, 07:44 CET)
Very very Sad about this all. So so so unfair. Service yesterday was very moving. Knocked me quite badly ..... To Greg, Gareth and Dave's family and friends, of which there are many. Remember Dave is circling overhead, and Dave ........ well he now has the feathered wings of an Angel. What an absolute hero, he was taking no chance on injuring a single spectator. quite incredible. I'm sure every single aviator enthusiast salutes you, Sir. May you now peacefully soar the heavenly skies. Was a true pleasure it has been seeing you display your skill and dedication. Cherish all those wonderful memories. Dave God Speed and RIP. And may your Family have your protection until you meet again. G
4 Rod Barker
(13. 12. 2009, 22:07 CET)
Bob Me Ol son may I point out that whilst the for mentioned Pover was at Cape Town they flew 10 years without serious incident. he left B4 the incident some time B4. Second did a bit of time in Saudi following 10 yrs at 30 MU. the Lightnings ran up close to sat 60,000 hours total for the fleet. Pover is this near correct? without any or only oner or two terminal tech issues. Nowt wrong with the lightning in the right hands but she is a bit challenging I grant you. Too big a step for the RAF, (bless em we build them they break em a civi's view) that was obvious from our vewpoint at 30MU. Still up to my ears in Lightning. RB
5 Michel Pochoy
(4. 3. 2010, 17:31 CET)
This T5's registration was initially XS451 when it flew with the RAF as from 3.6.65. Its full history - as that from all other Lightnings - can be found in Stewart A. Scott's book "English Electric Lightning, Volume Two, The Lightning Force." First published 2004 by GMS Enterprises. ISBN: 1-904514-10-3
6 Ron Williams
(14. 4. 2010, 19:48 CET)
Wonderful to see this aircraft still flying a special spectacle I last saw a very long time ago- Very sad . I hope it remains possible to operate these planes, though common sense says it is not be worth the risk involved.