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More funny than anything, but still some great footage to be seen...
As safe as flying is, unfortunately there will always be accidents. During the 10 + years of photographing aircraft with a decent camera, inevitably i've photographed quite a few aircraft that have gone on to be involved in an accident...
04th April 2018 - Lockheed F-16C Fighting Falcon - 92-3880 - US Air Force
Thought to have collided with another F-16 during Thunderbirds practice in the Nevada Test Range complex, killing Thunderbird 4
20th March 2018 - British Aerospace Hawk T1 - XX204 - RAF
Crashed whilst landing at RAF Valley. The Red Arrows pilot flying managed to eject however the engineer in the back seat didn't and was sadly killed...
14th March 2018 - Boeing F/A-18F Super Hornet - 166663 - US Navy
Crashed on the coast of Key West, Florida sadly killing both crew on board. Picture taken aboard the USS George HW Bush aircraft carrier anchored off Portsmouth back in 2011
13th November 2017 - Aerospatiale SA342M Gazelle - 4019/GAY - French Army
Crashed at Bar-le-Duc airfield, the crew escapting with 'light' injuries. Photo taken on arrival to AAC middle Wallop in April 2013...
23rd June 2017 - Lockheed F-16D Falcon - 91-0466 - US Air Force
Thunderbird 8 arrived with the rest of the team at Dayton, Ohio for the following days airshow when it aquaplaned off the runway flipping it on it's roof. The pilot suffered leg injuries whilst the backseat engineer escaped unharmed. The image was taken at Nellis Air Force Base in 2015 during a morning practice display...
27th May 2017 - deHaviland Sea Vixen - XP924 - Royal Navy
Made a gear up landing on recovery to RNAS Yeovilton in Somerset, destroying the externally carried fuel tanks and damaging the underside of the airframe, potentially grounding the aircraft permanently. Image taken at RNAS Culdrose...
25th October 2016 - McDonnell Douglas F/A-18C Hornet - 164238 - US Navy
Crashed whilst conducting a training exercise over Twentynine Palms at the USMC Air Ground Combat Cente. The pilot ejected safely. The image was taken over Death Valley whilst on a low level training exercise...
23rd September 2016 - Westland Wasp HAS1 - XT787/G-KAXT - Ex Royal Navy
Suffered a collective pitch control failiure meaning the helicopter could not go up or down. The pilot managed to force land into a turnip field in Bishopstone causing some minor damage. Image taken at Yeovil airfield...
02nd June 2016 - Lockheed F-16C Falcon - 92-3890 - US Air Force
The pilot ejected safely after this aircraft developed problems shortly after conducting a flypast at an event. This image was taken at Nellis Air Force Base in 2015 during a morning practice display...
19th May 2016 - Boeing B-52H Stratofortress - 60-0047 - US Air Force
'Neanderthaul' Crashed after a high speed rejected take off at Anderson AFB, Guam and caught fire. The crew managed to escape. This image was taken at RAF Fairford during a short training deployment in June 2015...
15th December 2015 - Eurocopter AS350 Squirrel - N74317 - Native Air
Just a couple weeks after this image was taken, this helicopter had just lifted to return to base after a brief fuel stop at Phoenix–Mesa Gateway Airport following a medical sortie. The aircraft then impacted terrain 10 miles north-west of Superior, Arizona. Two of the three crew died. The image was taken at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway after coming in for a refuel...
10th November 2015 - Hawker Siddeley Andover C1 - XS606 - Empire Test Pilot School
Destroyed during a crash landing in Africa after being sold to an African airline and re-registered as TL-AEW. Image taken at MoD Boscombe Down...
11th October 2015 - Eurocopter Puma HC2 - XW229 - Royal Air Force
Crashed whilst landing in Kabul, Afghanistan after hitting a cable of a tethered surveillance balloon killing 5 people onboard. Image taken on Salisbury Plain whilst training...
22nd August 2015 -Hawker Hunter T7 - WV372/G-BXFI - Ex Royal Air Force
Crashed whilst displaying at Shoreham Airshow, killing 11 people on the ground and injuring the pilot. Image taken at Culdrose Air Day shortly before the accident...
11th August 2015 - Lockheed F-16C Falcon - 91-0366 - US Air Force
This aircraft crashed into a forest in southern Germany after suffering a mechanical problem and luckily the pilot managed to eject safely. This image was taken at RIAT 2011 seen on static display...
01st August 2015 - Folland Gnat T1 - XS111/G-TIMM - Ex Royal Air Force
Crashed whilst displaying at Carfest North, killing pilot Kev Whyman. Image taken at Culdrose Air Day shortly before the accident...
06th July 2015 - Westland SA342J Gazelle - YU-HET
Inadvertently became airborne during an engine run with an engineer at the controls and landed heavily...
08th January 2015 - Bell 212HP - ZK067 - Army Air Corps
Suffered a mechanical failure in Kenya which led to a forced landing into a forest injuring 4 onboard.
29th July 2013 - BAE Hawk T1 - XX338 - Royal Air Force
Suffered a major birdstrike and diverted to Cardiff with a hole in one of the wings. It was then put into storage at Shawbury. Image taken at RIAT 2010...
10th July 2012 - Rockwell OV-10 Bronco - 99+32/G-BZGK - Ex Bavarian Air Force
Hit the ground whilst performing a barrel roll during a display practice at Kemble / Cotswold Airport. Luckily pilot Tony de Bruyn eventually recovered from the accident.
03rd July 2012 - Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZD743 - Royal Air Force
Collided with ZD812 (below) before they crashed into the Moray Firth off the east coast of Scotland. Two crew were rescued and taken to Inverness hospital but the student pilot later died. Image taken at RNAS Yeovilton...
03rd July 2012 - Panavia Tornado GR4 - ZD812 - Royal Air Force
Collided with ZD743 (above) before they crashed into the Moray Firth off the east coast of Scotland. Two crew were rescued and taken to Inverness hospital but the student pilot later died. Image taken in north Wales...
08th November 2011 - BAE Hawk T1A - XX177 - Royal Air Force
Pilot Sean Cunningham was ejected from the Red Arrows aircraft on the ground whilst parked up after the ejection seat firing sequence was initiated. Image taken in 2017 after a £450,000 repair...
05th August 2011 - Westland Puma HC1 - XW211 - Royal Air Force
Crash landed in a field near Salisbury Plain and rolled over after a loose cover came off and took out the tail rotor...
05th March 2011 - Westland Wasp HAS1 - XT793
Whilst hovering and preparing to land at Yeovilton, Somerset it was struck from behind by biplane G-STDO and crashed onto the runway.
05th January 2011 - Panavia Tornado F3 - ZE341/HI - Royal Air Force
Major Birdstrike and diverted to Leeming. Aircraft was scrapped.
10th November 2010 - British Aerospace Harrier GR.9 - ZD470/60 - Royal Air Force
Suffered Birdstrike and diverted to Cardiff. Written Off.
23rd June 2010 - Westland Merlin HC3 - ZJ138/X - Royal Air Force
Crashed during a brownout landing in Afghanistan.
06th May 2010 - Lockheed C-130K Hercules C3A - XV304 - Royal Air Force
Made a wheels up landing at Brize Norton a day after this picture was taken. Aircraft broken up at Brize and used as an instructional airframe.
26th January 2010 - British Aerospace Harrier GR9A - ZD461/51A - Royal Air Force
Caught fire during taxi to the ramp at Nellis AFB, USA.
09th July 2009 - Westland Puma HC1 - ZE449 - Royal Air Force
Suffered a landing accident during an exercise in Kenya.
15th April 2007 - Westland Puma HC1 - XW218 - Royal Air Force
Crashed into XW211 in Iraq whilst on operations. Two people killed.
10th January 2007 - Eurocopter Squirrel HT1 - ZJ263 - Defence Helicopter Flying School
Crashed into ZJ259 at Ternhill. 1 instructor killed, 3 injured.
19th April 2000 - Westland Puma HC1 - XW207 - Royal Air Force
Crashed on Hopswell Moor, Yorkshire during an army exercise after striking the tail rotor during a landing.
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