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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77537
Last updated: 19 June 2018
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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
Aircraft 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
Destination airport:
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

Revision history:

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

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