Report in 2 TAF Flight Safety Magazine "Flight Comment" for
Hunter Major Accident
4 DEC CAT 5
. FATAL. Shortly after take-off and whilst in cloud, the pilot
called that his fire warning light was on. He
throttled back and pulled up through cloud the tops of which were 3,000 ft. The No. 2 then observed that there appeared to be about six feet of jet pipe protruding from the end of the fuselage. The aircraft
appeared to lose height and speed steadily and was streaming white smoke. Just before re-entering cloud the pilot
ejected but hit the ground still attached to his seat.
COMMENT : A Court of Inquiry has been convened. We do not usually comment when a Court of Inquiry has not been finalised but in this case we would like to say that the seat did not operate automatically because the protection cap of the barostatic time release unit had jammed due to incorrect fitting. All caps in the Command were checked immediately this was known.
believes that the safety plate over the first stage release plunger had been fitted the wrong way round thus preventing the correct operation of the seat. After grounding all Hunters
at Jever, he believes two more were found incorrectly fitted.
[Click here to read report in 4 Squadron's F540.