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Last updated: 17 November 2019
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Date:Saturday 6 June 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic U16 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman SA-16B Albatross
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-7146
C/n / msn: G-196
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nabeul (   Tunisia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tripoli-Wheelus Air Base (MJI/HLLM), Libya
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed after engine failure. The pilot, Joseph E. Hessom, was killed. Five crew men were seriously injured and two escaped unhurt.
The aircraft was engaged in a search mission for three aircraft missing on a flight from the aircraft carrier Coral Sea.

Sources:
» Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research (AAIR)
» The David Hessom of John Family


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