ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 169578
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Narrative:The original primary crew for Gemini 9 were astronauts Elliot M. See, Command Pilot and Charles A. Bassett, Pilot. The two astronauts were killed in a T-38 jet training aircraft crash in St. Louis, Missouri on February 28, 1966.
Northrop T-38A Talon
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Aircraft damage:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||St. Louis, Missouri -
United States of America
|Destination airport:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Confidence Rating:|| Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources|
The two astronauts were killed when their T-38 jet training aircraft crashed in rain and fog short of the St. Louis Municipal Airport. Although the T-38 had been cleared for an instrumented landing due to poor weather conditions, the jet strayed to the left of the runway before an attempted landing.
The jet then turned sharply toward a McDonnell Douglas plant, located about 1,000 feet from the runway. The T-38 struck the roof of the McDonnell Douglas plant, then bounced into an adjacent courtyard and exploded. The two astronauts were killed, and several McDonnell Douglas employees were slightly injured.
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