List of mid-air collisions and incidents in the United Kingdom

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A number of mid-air collisions and incidents have taken place in the United Kingdom.

1910s[edit]

1915
  • 12 September 1915 A Royal Naval Air Service Short S.38 was destroyed in a mid-air collision with a Caudron G.III at Eastchurch, both pilots killed.[1]

1930s[edit]

1939

1940s[edit]

1940
1941
1942
1943
  • On 23 October 1943 two RAF Supermarine Spitfire Vbs of 66 Squadron collide near Perranporth.
  • On 27 October 1943 two RAF Supermarine Spitfite Vbs of 340 Squadron collide in East Lothian, Scotland.
  • On 19 October 1943 two RAF Hawker Hurricane IVs of 186 Squadron collide near Alloa, Clackmannan.
  • On 7 November 1943 a RAF Miles Master of 5 PAFU collides with an Avro Anson of the same unit near Longford, Shropshire.
  • On 7 November 1943 two RAF Vickers Wellingtons (one from 26 OTU and the other from 27 OTU) collide near Abbots Ripton, Huntingdonshire.
1945
1945
1946
1947
1948
  • On 17 March 1948 two RAF Vickers Wellingtons of the No.1 Air Navigation School collided near Topcliffe, Yorkshire.[4]
  • On 25 May 1948 an RAF de Havilland Mosquito NF36 of 141 Squadron collided at night near Saxlingham Green, Norfolk with a Percival Proctor.[4]
  • On 31 May 1948 an RAF de Havilland Dominie C1 collided with an RAF Avro Anson near Bulford, Wiltshire.[4]
  • On 4 July 1948 an Avro York of the RAF and a Scandinavian Airlines System-operated Douglas DC-6 were involved in a collision over Northwood, London. Both aircraft crashed into a wooded area and the aircraft were destroyed. All 32 passengers and crew on the DC-6 and all seven crewmembers of the York were killed.[4][5]
  • On 9 July 1948 a RAF Airspeed Oxford landed safely after collided with a Tiger Moth on approach to Perth, Scotland but the aircraft was not repaired.
  • On 13 September 1948 two RAF de Havilland Mosquitos collided near West Malling.[4]
  • On 24 September a RAF Gloster Meteor of 1 Squadron collided with a, RAF Tiger Moth at RAF Tangmere, both aircraft fatally crashed.
  • On 29 October 1948 two RAF Supermarine Spitfire LF16s collided near Hartland Point, Devon.[4]
  • On 17 November 1948 two RAF de Havilland Tiger Moths collided near RAF Leuchars, Scotland.[4]
  • On 30 November 1948 two RAF Supermarine Spitfire LF16s collided near Braunton, Devon.[4]
1949
  • On 3 February 1949 two RAF North American Harvards collided while in formation and one crashed near RAF Marham, Norfolk.
  • On 16 February 1949 two RAF Supermarine Spitfire F.16s of 631 Squadron collide near Merioneth, Wales, one aircraft crashed into sea and one landed safely but was not repaired.
  • On 19 February 1949 a British European Airways Douglas Dakota on a flight from Glasgow to London collided with a RAF Avro Anson over the village Exhall killing all 14 passengers and crew on both aircraft.
  • On 1 March 1949 two RAF Avro Ansons collide and crash near Uffington, Berkshire.
  • On 15 June 1949 two RAF Supermarine Spitfire F.16s of 601 Squadron collide while in formation over Surrey, one force landed and the other crashed with the loss of the pilot.
  • On 28 June 1949 two RAF Gloster Meteors of 257 Squadron collide near RAF Finningley, Yorkshire and both are abandoned.
  • On 23 August 1949 two RAF Supermarine Spitfires of 541 Squadron collide while in formation over Berkshire and are abandoned.
  • On 15 September 1949 two RAF De Havilland Mosquitos of 109 Squadron collide during a Battle of Britain flypast at RAF Snettisham in Lincolnshire, both crash land.
  • On 26 September 1949 two RAF Avro Lincolns on a night exercise collide with a loss of seven crew on each aircraft.
  • On 20 October 1949 a RAF de Havilland Tiger Moth was hit from behind by a civil Auster in the circuit at Wolverhampton aerodrome and crashed.
  • On 3 November 1949 a Avro Lancaster of No. 148 Squadron RAF collides south of Selsey Bill, Sussex with a No. 29 Squadron RAF de Havilland Mosquito during a night interception exercise.
  • On 23 November 1949 a RAF Gloster Meteor collides with a Percival Proctor over Norfolk, both aircraft fatally crash.

1950s[edit]

1951
  • On 27 January 1951 two RAF De Havilland Tiger Moths of 17 RFS collided near South Ockendon, Essex.
  • On 26 April 1951 two RAF North American Harvard T.2Bs of the Central Flying School collide near Moreton-in-Marsh.
  • On 18 May 1951 two RAF North American Harvards of 6 Flying Training School collide near Ledbury, Herefordshire, two killed.
  • On 18 June 1951 two RAF Gloster Meteors of 600 Squadron collide near RAF Biggin Hill.
  • On 2 July 1951 to RAF North American Harvards of 1 FTS collide near Graveley.
  • On 3 July 1951 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near RAF Strubby.[6]
  • On 13 August 1951 an AF Miles Martinet TT.1 of No. 228 OCU collided with a Vickers Wellington over North Yorkshire and spun in, eight were killed, with one survivor. Flight Lieutenant John Quinton DFC was awarded a posthumous George Cross for his gallantry in the aftermath of the crash, in which he died.
  • On 15 September 1951 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided during a formation roll near RAF Waterbeach.[6]
  • On 1 November 1951 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided on landing at RAF Waterbeach.[6]
1952
  • On 7 January 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided in the circuit at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.[6]
  • On 20 January 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near RAF Linton-on-Ouse, Yorkshire.[6]
  • On 29 February 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near York, Yorkshire.[6]
  • On 6 March 1952 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided during a formation take-off at RAF Valley.[6]
  • On 18 April 1952 two Sabre 2 jets collided near the bombing range at RAF Wainfleet in Lincolnshire
  • On 5 May 1952 a Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor collided with a United States Air Force (USAF) North American F-86 Sabre near Guilford, Surrey.[6]
  • On 20 May 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided 20 miles east of Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.[6]
  • On 20 June 1952 an RAF Gloster Meteor collided with a Vickers Wellington six miles north-west of RAF Newton.[6]
  • On 16 July 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Ottringham, Yorkshire.[6]
  • On 31 July 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Rayne, Essex.[6]
  • On 19 August 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Debenham, Suffolk.[6]
  • On 19 August 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Stanhope, County Durham.[6]
  • On 15 September 1952 to RAF Avro Ansons collied near Widdrington, Essex.
  • On 17 October 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Witham, Essex.[6]
  • On 4 November 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided over Norwich, Norfolk.[6]
  • On 14 November 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided over Norwich, Norfolk.[6]
  • On 11 December 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided 23 miles north-north-east of Whitby, Yorkshire.[6]
  • On 18 December 1952 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Alpheton, Suffolk.[6]
1953
  • On 9 February 1953 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided at RAF Weston Zoyland.[6]
  • On 18 March 1953 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided in formation, three miles south-west of Duxford.[6]
  • On 28 April 1953 two RAF de Havilland Chipmunks collided near Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire.[6]
  • On 24 July 1953 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided on approach to Meryfield.[6]
  • On 1 September 1953 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided 1 mile south west of Hartland Point, Devon.[6]
  • On 11 September 1953 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided Woolwich, London.[6]
  • On 7 November 1953 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Headcorn, Kent.[6]
  • On 30 November 1953 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Horham, Suffolk.[6]
1954
  • On 5 March 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided four miles east of Deal, Kent.[6]
  • On 24 July 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near RAF Leuchars, Scotland.[6]
  • On 20 February 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided five miles south of North Weald, Essex.[6]
  • On 3 April 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Chipping Ongar, Essex.[6]
  • On 16 June 1954 two Royal Air Force Canadair Sabres collided near Hornsea, Yorkshire.[7]
  • On 24 July 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided one mile north-west of RAF Leuchars, Scotland.[6]
  • On 26 July 1954 two Royal Air Force Percival Provosts collided at RAF Ternhill, Shropshire.[6]
  • On 9 September 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Neatishead, Norfolk.[6]
  • On 4 October 1954 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided north of Chelmsford, Essex.[6]
  • On 4 October 1954 a Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor collided with a USAF North American F-86 Sabre near RAF Wattisham, Suffolk.
  • On 28 November 1954 two Royal Air Force de Havilland Venoms collided near Hamble.[6]
1955
  • On 3 March 1955 a Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor collided with a Royal Navy de Havilland Sea Vampire near Paines Wood, Sussex.[6]
  • On 19 April 1955 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided in formation, five miles east of Peterborough, Lincolnshire.[6]
  • On 15 August 1955 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Barmston, Yorkshire.[6]
  • On 17 August 1955 a Royal Air Force Canadair Sabre collided with a Royal Navy Hawker Sea Hawk three miles east of Yeovilton, Somerset.[7]
  • On 26 August 1955 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided seven miles north of Ipswich, Suffolk.[6]
  • On 2 September 1955 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided at RAF Chivenor, Devon.[6]
  • On 13 September 1955 two RAF Percival Provosts collided at RAF Hullavington.[6]
  • On 21 September 1955 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Church Broughton, Derbyshire.[6]
  • On 24 October 1955 two RAF Percival Provosts collided near Yatton Keynell, Wiltshire.[6]
1956
  • On 11 January 1956 two RAF Percival Provosts collided in circuit at RAF Ternhill, Shropshire.[6]
  • On 26 February 1956 two RAF Percival Provosts in formation collided near Tuxford, Nottinghamshire.[6]
  • On 24 August 1956 an RAF Hawker Hunter collided with a Gloster Javelin over Wotton-under-edge, Gloucestershire.[7]
  • On 22 October 1956 a Royal Air Force Boulton Paul Balliol collided with a de Havilland Chipmunk in the circuit at Middle Wallop.[6]
1957
  • On 3 January 1957 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided near Hales, Norfolk.[6]
  • On 14 January 1957 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided in formation near Worms Head, Glamorgan.[6]
  • On 7 June 1957 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided during formation aerobatics near North Weald, Essex.[7]
  • On 10 September 1957 an RAF Hawker Hunter collided with a Royal Navy Westland Whirlwind near East Stratton, Hampshire.[6]
  • On 25 November 1957 a Royal Air Force Gloster Meteor collided with a USAF Republic F-84 Thunderjet near Newmarket, Suffolk.[6]
1958
  • On 16 January 1958 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided near Nottingham.[7]
  • On 4 March 1958 two RAF Gloster Meteors collided in the circuit at RAF Church Fenton, Yorkshire.
  • On 5 May 1958 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided during a practice dogfight off Selsey Bill, Sussex.[6]
  • On 13 June 1958 a Royal Air Force English Electric Canberra collided with a United States Air Force Lockheed T-33 near Spaldwick, Huntingdonshire.[6]
1959
  • On 31 January 1959 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided at RAF Cranwell.[6]
  • On 25 August 1959 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided near Langley Street, Norfolk.[7]
  • On 1 September 1959 two RAF Gloster Javelins collided near Brundall, Norfolk.[7]
  • On 6 October 1959 two RAF Percival Provosts collided.[6]
  • On 15 October 1959 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided during formation aerobatics near Oakington.[6]

1960s[edit]

1960
  • On 21 May 1960 two RAF Gloster Javelins collided four miles north-west of West Hartlepool, County Durham.[7]
  • On 10 June 1960 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided during formation aerobatics near RAF Wattisham.[7]
  • On 24 November 1960 two RNAS Hawker Sea Hawks collided over the sea off the coast of Scotland.[7]
1961
  • On 24 March 1961 two RAF de Havilland Vampires collided during a formation loop near RAF Binbrook.[6]
1962
  • On 14 August 1962 two RAF Percival Provosts collided near Ouston.[7]
  • On 4 November 1962 a Royal Air Force de Havilland Chipmunk collided with a civil Beagle Terrier two miles south of Reading, Berkshire.[6]
1963
  • On 29 January 1963 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided while landing at RAF Church Fenton.[7]
  • On 7 March 1963 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided during formation aerobatics near Hartland Point, Devon.[7]
  • On 6 June 1963 two RAF English Electric Lightnings collided near Great Bricett, Suffolk.[7]
1964
  • On 12 March 1964 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided near Moreton-in-Marsh.[7]
1965
  • On 20 April 1965 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided near Northallerton, North Yorkshire.[7]
1966
  • On 26 May 1966 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided and one then collided with another Jet Provost over Nottinghamshire.[7]
  • 14 June 1966 a RAF Vickers Varsity collides with a civilian Cessna 337 near Ulceby, Lincolsnhire.[6]
  • On 23 June 1966 two RAF de Havilland Chipmunks collided near Tibberton Grange, Shropshire.[6]
  • On 17 December 1966 a Royal Air Force and a civil de Havilland Chipmunk collided on approach to Hamble airfield, Hampshire.[6]
1967
  • On 15 May 1967 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided near Tintagel, Cornwall.[7]
  • On 12 September 1967 two RAF de Havilland Chipmunks in formation collided two miles south-west of Portishead, Somerset.[6]
1968
  • On 26 February 1968 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided over Gloucestershire.[7]

1970s[edit]

1971
  • On 20 January 1971 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Gnats collided over RAF Kemble,[7]
  • On 29 January 1971 two RAF English Electric Canberras collided near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.[6]
  • On 2 March 1971 a Royal Air Force BAC Jet Provost collided with a Royal Navy Percival Sea Prince near Selby, Yorkshire.[7]
1972
  • On 16 February 1972 two RAF English Electric Lightnings collided 60 miles east of Harwich, Essex.[7]
  • On 10 August 1972 two RAF Hawker Hunters collided on approach to RAF Valley.[7]
1973
  • On 7 May 1973 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided near RAF Dishforth, Yorkshire.[7]
1974
1976
  • On 19 January 1976 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harriers collided near Nantwich, Cheshire.[7]
  • 30 April 1976 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Gnats collided near Dolgellau, Wales.[7]
1979

1980s[edit]

1982
1983
1985
  • On 7 October 1985 two RAF SEPECAT Jaguars collided while in formation over Cumbria.[7]
1986
  • On 25 May 1986 the Vintage Pair, a Gloster Meteor and de Havilland Vampire of the Royal Air Force's Central Flying School, collided during a display at RAF Mildenhall.[9][10]
  • On 6 June 1986 two RAF BAC Jet Provosts collided near Helmsley, North Yorkshire.[7]
1987
  • On 17 June 1987 a Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar and Panavia Tornado collided off Cumbria.[7]
  • On 7 September 1987 two RAF McDonnell-Douglas Phantoms collided 55 miles east of RAF Leuchars, Scotland.[7]
  • On 2 November 1987 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Harriers collided during a practice attack at Otterburn ranges, Northumberland.[7]
  • On 16 November 1987 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Hawks of the Red Arrows aerobatic team collided during a practice display near RAF Scampton.[7]
1989
  • On 14 June 1989 two RAF Hawker Siddeley Hawks collided near Dyfed, Wales.[7]

1990s[edit]

1990
  • On 9 January 1990 a Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar collided with a Royal Air Force PANAVIA Tornado near Hexham.[11]
1991
  • On 29 August 1991 a Royal Air Force SEPECAT Jaguar collided with a civil Cessna 152 near Carno, Powys.[7]
1994

2000s[edit]

2009
  • On 11 February 2009 two Grob Tutor aircraft collided above Porthcawl, South Wales, killing the four people on board the two aircraft.[13]
  • On 14 June 2009 a Grob Tutor and a Cirrus Glider collided near Drayton, Oxfordshire. [14]

2010s[edit]

2012
  • On 3 July 2012 two Royal Air Force PANAVIA Tornados collided over the Moray Firth.

References[edit]

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