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Xelex

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On May 3, my wife and I and our friend Angus visited Tintagel, a small town in Cornwall, England, best known for a castle associated with the legend of King Arthur. After lunch, I insisted on taking a short walk up the main street to a narrow alley between a restaurant and a row of houses. This was the site of the so-called "Miracle at Tintagel" on July 6, 1979.

On that day a flight of three Hawker Hunter F6A fighter jets was engaged in a training mission when the lead aircraft (Const. No. 41H/680022, Registration No. XG-197) suffered control difficulties. The pilot pointed his plane out to sea and ejected. Naturally, the jet turned back toward land and headed directly for the village of Tintagel. Losing altitude, it clipped a house and slid across an empty field before crashing through a garden wall and smashing several automobiles. The jet ultimately wedged itself into the alley, spewing wreckage out into the street.  Miraculously, the was no fire and no one was hurt. The buildings still stand to this day and the house once known as "King Arthur's Terrace" has been renamed "Hunter's Rest."

There is a lot of good information at this web site:
http://www.tintagelweb.co.uk/tintagel%20plane%20crash.htm



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Did you look for any micro pieces from the crash? did you find anything?

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I looked for small pieces but didn't find anything.  The alleyway appears to have been paved with asphalt since the time of the crash.  There may be some debris behind the stone wall that runs along the side of the restaurant but there is a lot of plant material back there and the wall is too hight to easily reach over to dig around.  Also, it is topped by sharp stones.

The field and garden behind the house are private property and fenced.  I searched the dirt road adjacent to the garden but it was a mess of churned up mud.  I didn't see anything and, of course, I didn't have a metal detector with me.
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Nice reports from your UK trips. I visited Tintagel with my wife several years ago. I had promised her faithfully I would not be looking for aircraft. Imagine her delight when we sat down to breakfast at that café, and on the back of the menu was a photo of the cockpit remains piled up in the street right next to where we were sitting. Laugh? She almost killed me.
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