Target-tow cable became lodged in the horizontal tailplane during target towing, over Lyme Bay, 21 September 2015.
The aircraft was on a live-firing target towing mission in Lyme Bay. The target was struck and appeared to become unstable, and the crew elected to cut the cable. Approximately 10 m of cable remained attached to the aircraft. One end became looped around the winch, which is mounted under the wing, and the other end became lodged in the horizontal tailplane. The aircraft landed without further incident.
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Published: 9 June 2016
Date of occurrence: 21 September 2015