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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59922
Last updated: 5 November 2019
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Date:18-FEB-1975
Time:11:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky CH-53 Sea Stallion
Owner/operator:HMT-301, USMC
Registration:
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Santa Ana -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:El Toro
Destination airport:
Narrative:
This mid-air occurred at exactly 1130hrs on February 18, 1975. Captain Jim Watson was Pilot in Command and 1st.Lt. Mike Belli was the Co-pilot. They were both killed as was the Crew Chief and Mechanic.

The Pilot of the other aircraft who was at the controls at the time of the mid-air was Capt. Les Petty (The Co-Pilot of the Desert Crash in Iran during the 1979 hostage rescue attempt). The Co Pilot was 1st Lt. BoB Walton who was injured in the Crash and was retired from the Marine Corps.

Sources:

http://www.military.com/HomePage/UnitPageHistory/1,13506,500184%7C935455,00.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
10-May-2009 12:37 zerocinquanta Added
20-Jan-2012 13:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Source, Narrative]

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