Aircraft Type and Background
RAF SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1A / XZ111/GO
Aircraft Type Designation: GR.1A (Ground Attack / Strike aircraft.)
Intended originally as an RAF advanced trainer, the Sepecat Jaguar's role was changed during development to that of an operational fighter/bomber. It was capable of carrying a range of different munitions including air-to-air missiles and tactical nuclear weapons.
The Jaguar was developed jointly by Britain and France, and first flew in the UK in 1969. This marked the beginning of a long service life, as the aircraft was still in use up until 2007; latterly, following major upgrades to the avionics, etc.
Equipped with Rolls-Royce/Turbomeca Adour turbofan engines, the Jaguar was capable of flying supersonic at over 1,000mph (1,700kph).
The Jaguar featured here was a strike fighter aircraft (GR.1A).
Aircraft Accident Details
Sepecat Jaguar XZ111/GO was one of two aircraft that took of from RAF Coltishall in East Anglia, England for a low-level training mission. The aircraft that crashed was being flown by Flt Lt Clarke, RNZAF—an exchange pilot who was familiar with the Jaguar aircraft.
Toward the end of the low-level training sortie, and while overflying the Scottish lowlands, a number of seagulls were ingested by the jet engines, causing a flame-out. The pilot shut down both engines, but was unable to relight either of them due to the damage caused by the bird strike.
Unable to maintain control, the pilot ejected from the aircraft but sustained major injuries in the process.
The Jaguar jet continued airborne for a short distance, but soon crashed on a hillside close to South Cowshaw Farm, not far from Lochmaben. The Ministry of Defence reports the crash site as being 5nm NE of Dumfries.
Aircraft Pilot Survivor
The pilot managed to eject (with major injuries) before the aircraft crashed. He was:
Flt Lt Brendan "Torch" Clarke, Pilot, RNZAF.
Crash Site Photos
BELOW: The remaining wreckage of Sepecat Jaguar XZ111 / GO lying in a field at South Cowshaw Farm (or South Cowton Farm?) north of Tinwald, Dumfries.
This wreckage has since been removed from the crash site.
Photo: © 2000-2013 RAF MRT
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Crash Date / Site
Accident Date: 27 Oct 2000
South Cowshaw Farm (vicinity of) (or South Cowton Farm?), Lochmaben.
Nearest roads: A701 or A709.
Region: Dumfries and Galloway
Nearest town or village:
Nearest large town: Dumfries(SW).
Crash site OS Grid Ref. N/A
Crash site GPS Ref: N/A
Present Condition: Wreckage removed from crash site.
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SEPECAT Jaguar XZ111
South Cowshaw Farm, Lochmaben