Close call as two jets crash near Mansfield.

I recently came across this Aviation Safety Network report about the RAF Plane crash near Mansfield on January 29th 1971. I remember it well as at this time I worked for the Post Office Telephones on the corner of Portland Street and Quarry Lane. We were in the yard when we heard three or four loud explosions and in the distance behind the stags’ west stand we saw a plain falling in a ball of flames, to the left over derby road we saw a number of men parachute down. As one of the pilots said in an interview, they were traveling at 300 mph. We did not have time to point the planes at the countryside and pick our spot. It was just plain luck that they did not land in a built up area.

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