ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77537
Last updated: 20 April 2014
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Date:07-OCT-1996
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B-11-MC Harrier II
Owner/operator:VMA-223 / MCAS
Registration: 163206
C/n / msn: 119
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chocolate Mountain gunnery range, 56 miles NW of MCAS Yuma, AZ -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:MCAS Yuma, AZ
Destination airport:
Narrative:
CAPT. DALE W. MULKEY
Call Sign: Pops Died: Oct. 7, 1996

Mulkey was blown out of the sky when three bombs, all with expired fuses, detonated prematurely aboard his AV-8B as he flew a training mission over California's Chocolate Mountains. One fellow pilot compared the descending plane to a meteorite.

Investigators initially blamed Mulkey for flying too slow at too steep an angle when he tried to release the bombs. Higher-ranking officials rejected that finding and harshly criticized the ordnance handlers who had loaded the bombs.

Sources:
Scramble
nhttp://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries22.html
Flight International 4-10 June 1997
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725
http://www.interment.net/data/us/co/denver/logan/m/m19.htm
http://www.locategrave.org/detail/1049819/Mulkey


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
20-Mar-2011 16:19 harro Updated [Total occupants, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2011 03:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
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