ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57256
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Narrative:EA-6B Prowler BuNo. 158541/'NL-626' of VAQ-135, US Marine Corps based at Whidbey Island NAS and detached aboard the USS Kitty Hawk for an ESM mission.
Grumman EA-6B Prowler
|Owner/operator:||VAQ-135, US Navy|
|C/n / msn:|| P-19|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Airplane damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||approx 13 miles off the USS Kitty Hawk, 63nm from Diego Garcia -
|Phase:|| En route|
|Departure airport:||USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off Diego Garcia|
On 28 November 1979: the USS Kitty Hawk arrived in the vicinity of Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory. NL 626, an EA-6B (BuNo 158541), CDR Peter T. Rodrick, squadron CO, LCDR William J. Coffey, LT James B. Bradley*, Jr., and LT(JG) John R. Chorey, VAQ-135, launched for a scheduled electronic support measures (ESM) mission, at 1324, at 07º33’S, 073º19’E. Kitty Hawk was under EMCON A conditions, which prohibited electronic emissions from either the ship or the Prowler.
Within two minutes the Prowler passed close abeam of guided missile cruiser Jouett (CG-29), about eight nautical miles ahead of the carrier. The EA-6B suddenly executed a “near vertical climbing turn,” partial cloud cover obscuring further observation of the aircraft, though it is surmised that the crew was practicing a “low level ingress tactic.” Though not verified, it is believed the Prowler impacted the water at approximately 13 miles off the port beam of Kitty Hawk, 63 nautical miles from Diego Garcia, at 1505. Despite determined efforts by two SH-3Hs from the carrier and a Lockheed P-3 Orion from Diego Garcia, none of the men were recovered.
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