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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56393
Last updated: 27 January 2020
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Time:13:00 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bell HH-1N
Owner/operator:United States Navy (USN)
Registration: 158553
C/n / msn: 31638
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Split Mountain, Lake Isabella, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:NAS China Lake, CA
Destination airport:
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Jason “Pooh Bear” Bayer and U.S. Navy Aviation Machinist Mate 2nd Class Charles Clint King Chaco lost their lives when their U.S. Navy HH-1N Huey helicopter (BuNo 158553) crashed at about 1 p.m. near Split Mountain, Lake Isabella, CA (about 150 miles north of Los Angeles).

The helicopter took off Thursday morning at about 12:30 p.m. EST from the Naval Weapons Test Squadron in China Lake, CA, and had been expected to return from its routine weapons test mission at 4:30 p.m. Survivors include Lieutenant Commander Ric McCarthy, Lieutenant Sean O'Brien, AT3 Damien Ramey and AT3 Megan McKee.


Scramble 278


Photo of 158553 courtesy

Colombus [ Off-Airport ]
22 September 1993; (c) Stephen Miller Collection

Revision history:

31-Oct-2011 05:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Nov-2019 10:09 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]

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