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Narrative:Crashed and destroyed after life raft inflated on take-off from Ramey AFB, Puerto Rixo on July 5 1967. Aircraft climbed straight out on the runway heading and it appeared normal until it reached an altitude of approximately 3000 feet and a distance of 5 miles from the take-off position. At this time a steep nose-over maneuver was noticed and the aircraft continued down in a steep dive until it disappeared below the horizon. Three crewmen ejected and survived. The aircraft struck the ocean at a steep angle. Later analysis indicated that the life raft stowed behind the co-pilot inflated, pushing him into the control yoke.
Boeing B-52G-85-BW Stratofortress
|Owner/operator:||USAF 72nd BW|
|C/n / msn:|| 464199|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 7|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Off Jobos Beach, Isabela -
|Phase:|| Initial climb|
|Departure airport:||Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico (TJBQ)|
The aircraft crashed into the water off Jobos Beach, Isabela. Military divers recovered the remains of those killed in the incident.
Four crew killed, three survived
Captain Donald Foster, Aircraft (Columbia, SC) Commander - killed
Captain Erwin Cowart, (Twin City, GA) Co-pilot - killed
Capt. Taivo Patajan(Fresno, CA) Radar-Nav - ejected, survived
1st Lt Paul Grimm (Jacksonville, FL), Navigator - ejected, survived
1st Lt. Richard St. George (Watsonville, CA) - EWO, no ejection, killed
Sgt Leroy Spence (Morrice, MI) Crew Chief - killed in aircraft
T/Sgt. Ronald Hagis - Gunner - bailed out, survived
As a result of this crash, the liferaft deflation tools were installed at the pilot and copilot positions.
"AF Divers Seek Bodies in Bomber", Daily Review (Hayward, California), 6 July 1967, page 2. (Lists crew names, etc..)
USAF Accident-Incident Report AF Form 711, 1967 July 25, s/Otis A. Sleep, Major, Investigating Officer www.scramble.nl
(Scamble 252) http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=84115 http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/b52_stratofortress.htm http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1957.html
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|