Hunting Jet Provost T. Mk.5A XW426 of No.1 FTS crashed in Dalby Forest near Pickering on the 23rd January 1978
|John Hughes||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot (Inst)||Survived|
|David John Bowring||Flight Lieutenant||Pilot (u/t)||Survived|
The two crew of XW426 were on a daytime training flight from RAF Linton-on-Ouse near York. While above cloud the pupil pilot began a descending turn. The rate of turn and descent increased to beyond the point that the instructor was comfortable with and took back control of the aircraft but was unable to bring the aircraft back under full control before entering cloud. Shortly after this the instructor made the decision to abandon the aircraft with both men ejecting safely from the aircraft which then went on to dive into the ground near to High Rigg Farm in Dalby Forest to the north of Pickering.
For a fuller account of the incident see Richard Allenby’s Yorkshire Aircraft entry for the crash.