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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57907
Last updated: 8 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas RF-4C Phantom II
Owner/operator:117th RW/106th RS, Alabama ANG, USAF (117th RW/106th RS, Alabama ANG, United States Air Force)
Registration: 65-0900
C/n / msn: 1544
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:North of La Grange, Georgia, about 60 miles SW of Atlanta -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Birmingham Airport, AL (BHM/KBHM)
Destination airport:
RF-4C 65-0900 tail code 'BH' based at Birmingham Military Air Port, Birmingham, Alabama, with 117th RW/106th RS, Alabama ANG, crashed in woods north of La Grange, Georgia about 60 miles southwest of Atlanta

Pilot did not eject and was killed on impact: Navigator Capt. T. L. Gilbreath ejected and was injured.

Plane exploded due to engine damage which entered the number 4 fuel cell. Navigator ejection sequence began 200-300 AGL, he received one swing in a parachute and was decelerated by chute being caught in 30 foot tall pine saplings. Dual ejection sequence was initiated by the WSO but plane
was so low to the ground on low-level mission that even though the Pilots seat had fired, it only moved 18 inches up the rail , the seat did not clearing the aircraft as it impacted the ground.


Flight International 16-22 August 1995

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
22-Jan-2011 15:41 harro Updated [Total fatalities, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2011 04:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
03-Dec-2013 08:45 tgilbrea Updated [Narrative]

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