BAC Jet Provost T4 XR664

Crailing by Jedburgh, Borders













Aircraft Photo  / Aircraft Type Photos


BELOW: Jet Provost XR664. This was the aircraft that crashed at Crailing near Jedburgh.


jet provost xr664 before the crash


Photo © John Brown



Other similar aircraft


BELOW: BAC/Hunting Jet Provost T.3 XN605 of No. 6 FTS at RAF Valley. [Wikipedia]


At this time, the Jet Provost was being manufactured by Hunting Percival. However, BAC later took over manufacturing of the Jet Provost.


a Hunting Jet Provost T3


Photo: 2010 RuthAS


Released by the author under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.



BELOW: BAC Jet Provost T3A (identifier XM479) in private ownership as G-BVEZ, built 1960. Taxiing for takeoff at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Fairford, Gloucestershire, England. [Wikimedia Commons]


a Jet Provost T3


Photo: 2006 Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone).


 Released by the author to the public domain.






Aircraft Type and Background


RAF BAC Jet Provost T4 / XR664


A jet powered military training aircraft that is now owned only by private individuals or seen in museums.


The Jet Provost was manufactured originally by Hunting Aircraft . However, during later production, the manufacturing of the Jet Provost was taken over by BAC.


The aircraft was equipped with two side-by-side seats for Pilot Instructor (QFI) and Pupil.


The production Jet Provost T3 entered service with the RAF in  1957. It was powered by Rolls Royce Viper 102 engines (formerly, Armstrong Siddeley Viper).


The T4 variant featured here, which first flew in 1960, was equipped with the more powerful Viper ASV 11 engines.






Aircraft Incident Details


BAC Jet Provost XR664 had taken off from RAF Acklington in Northumberland. However, the aircraft hit a single bird, probably a sparrow hawk at low level (250feet) 30 minutes into a low flying training exercise. The instructor, Phil Philips, was uninjured. The student pilot broke his ankle on landing (which (he says) was very lucky because there was quite a wind blowing).


The bird was ingested into the engine, damaging it and compelling the instructor and pupil to bail out. This they did successfully, landing in a field just S of the River Teviot and near the village of Crailing.


The aircraft crashed nearby.


[The above (amended) details are based on information kindly provided by John Brown]






Aircraft Crew Survivors


Both the pilot and the student airman bailed out from this aircraft. They were:


Flt Lt D. J. Phillips, Qualified Flying Instructor (QFI), RAF.


Acting P/O John Brown, Pupil, RAF






Crash Site Photos


BELOW: Some of the wreckage of XR664 lying in a field at Crailing.


the wreckage of xr664 in a field at crailing


Official Photo: provided courtesy, John Brown



BELOW: Another view of the wreckage of the Jet Provost aircraft.


another view of the wreckage


Official Photo: provided courtesy, John Brown



BELOW: A closer view of the wreckage.


closer view of wreckage


Official Photo: provided courtesy, John Brown



BELOW: A newspaper photo of the crashed Jet Provost aircraft.


newspaper photo of crashed jet provost aircraft


The caption below the photo reads:


"The wreckage of the plane which crashed and burst into flames near Crailing, between Kelso and Jedburgh, on Wednesday afternoon. Firemen from Jedburgh and Galashiels fought the flames. The two occupants parachuted to safety."


Photo: Courtesy, John Brown







Jet Provost XR664 Accident Details.

© 2013 John Brown (PDF document).
























Crash Date / Site



Incident Date: 30 Sep 1964


Incident Site:


(Due N of Crailing, in field near the River Teviot.)


Region: Borders, Scottish


Nearest town or village: Crailing.


Nearest large town: Jedburgh (SW) (A698 & A68)


OS Grid Ref. NT 689 253


GPS Refs: N/A


Present Condition: Unknown.




Aircraft Details



Registration or Serial: XR664


Operator: RAF (6 FTS)


Operating Station: RAF Acklington.


Station Location: Acklington, Northumberland, England


Current Station Status:

Airfield closed 1972.

Former buildings site used for HMP Acklington.

Former airfield site used for opencast mining.





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