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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158663
Last updated: 28 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas EKA-3B Skywarrior
Owner/operator:US Navy
Registration: 142634
MSN: 11697
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:in Gulf of Tonkin, ca. 100 mi E Vinh, North Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Ranger
Destination airport:
Crashed when catapulted off USS Ranger with VAQ-130.
Crash was a result of overdue inspections on the aircraft. As a result, one of the catapult hooks on the aircraft failed causing the catapult to slam into the end of travel. The aircraft did not have enough air speed to fly, so it plummeted nose first into the water. The aircraft was damaged by the tremendous explosion from catapult impact. There was some speculation from the video that the occupants of the plane sustained injuries prior to entering the water. I know this to be true. I was there. I was supposed to be on that flight.


- JF Baugher
H Keith Bennett USN 1969-1973

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 07:04 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 07:14 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Narrative]
10-Feb-2020 10:56 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Nov-2020 07:14 bikerboykeith Updated [Source, Narrative]

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