A collection of walks, discoveries, insights and pictures of exploring Dartmoor National Park
April 30, 2023
Sea Vixen XN648 Crash at Flat Tor Pan
4 miles north of Two Bridges between the East Dart and West Dart rivers, in a rather desolate area known as Flat Tor Pan where there are scars and debris leftover from the crash of a Sea Vixen plane. The crash occurred on 31st May 1965 during a training flight after the plane entered a spin at 28,000 feet during a fighter tactics sortie. The Sea Vixen FAW 1 XN648 (VL-716) from 766 NAS, Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm was completely written off. After the pilot could not recover the aircraft spin, both crew, Sub/Lt. Cotterill and Sub/Lt. Kenward, managed to eject safely.
After the crash most of the larger parts of the aircraft (e.g fuselage) were removed. However, well into the 21st century a few small pieces of twisted metal still lie scattered in the area of blanket bog. The crash site itself is now a large pond which is located on the northern side of the Mires restoration area.