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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 154827
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell OH-58A Kiowa
Owner/operator:United States Army Aviation
Registration: 71-20497
MSN: 41358
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ellenberg, Birkenfeld district -   Germany
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Aircraft crashed September 16, 1988 into a heavily wooded area near Ellenberg, Birkenfeld district in Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany, during NATO exercise "Certain Challenge". Pilot initiated a left turn during contour flight and failed to maintain a safe obstacle-clearance altitude. As a result, the Main Rotor hit trees, causing extensive rotor and airframe damage, and Aircraft crashed through 100 feet tall trees.

One of the two crew killed - Staff Sgt George S. Leary. The other crew member - the un-named pilot - survived, albeit injured.


1. Flight International 13 May 1988, p42

Revision history:

05-Apr-2013 18:55 TB Added
16-Apr-2016 18:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
17-Sep-2019 12:34 TB Updated [Operator, Location]

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