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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56000
Last updated: 31 October 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky CH-53A Sea Stallion
Owner/operator:USMC HMH 777
Registration: 153297
C/n / msn: 65-074
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:29 Palms MCB California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Tail rotor servo bolt fell out of tail rotor servo due to absence of cotter pin, or improper sized pin. A/C spun to ground Crewman (SSgt) and passenger (Major) killed on impact, pilots and one crewman survived. Command pilot paraplegic, other pilot and crewman minor-major injury. A/C burned to ashes after impact.


I was on accident board and saw the missing bolt on the ground at impact site. Was Squadron Safety Officer. Reserve Squadron on its 2 weeks active duty for training.

Revision history:

15-Sep-2016 06:14 MikeSafeO Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]

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