Accident Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 78-0610, 07 May 1980
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56100
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:103rd TFG, 118th TFS, Connecticut ANG, USAF (103rd TFG, 118th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Connecticut ANG, United States Air Force)
Registration: 78-0610
MSN: A10-0230
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Fort Polk, approximately 10 miles E of Leesville, Louisiana, -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Bradley Airport CT, (BDL/KBDL)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
On 7/5/1980, Capt Donald Malatesta was on a target run in Fort Polk, Louisiana, when the hydraulics of A-10A 78-0610 froze, and the aircraft dived into the ground with fatal results. (Fort Polk is a United States Army installation located in Vernon Parish, approximately ten miles east of Leesville, and thirty miles north of DeRidder in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana)

At the time of the crash, the pilot was with the 103rd TFG,118th TFS, Connecticut Air National Guard operating from Bradley Airport


1. (Scramble 256)
6. picture of 78-0610 in October 1979:

Revision history:

11-Aug-2013 01:52 EDMALA Updated [Total fatalities, Narrative]
25-Aug-2013 18:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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