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Narrative:CAPT. DALE W. MULKEY
McDonnell Douglas AV-8B-11-MC Harrier II
|Owner/operator:||VMA-223 / MCAS|
|C/n / msn:|| 119|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|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|
|Departure airport:||MCAS Yuma, AZ|
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.
Flight International 4-10 June 1997
||Updated [Total occupants, Total fatalities, Source, Narrative]|
||Dr. John Smith
||Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]|
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