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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76787
Last updated: 16 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic T34T model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentor
Owner/operator:US Navy
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Summerdale, Alabama -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Whiting Field NAS, FL
Destination airport:
A Marine Corps student pilot and his U.S. Navy instructor from Whiting Field, Florida, were killed after two Beechcraft T-34C Turbo Mentors collided in mid-air, near Summerdale, Alabama.One aircraft crashed near the edge of the field, killing the instructor pilot, Lt. Gordon Bruce Wulf, 29, a Wichita, Kansas, native who lived in Cantonment, Florida, and his student, Marine 1st Lt. Cary K. Smith Jr., 25, of Columbia, South Carolina. The second aircraft made an emergency landing at another outlying field about 15 miles away near Silverhill, Alabama, with only slight damage and without injury to the instructor pilot or his student.


1. Pensacola, Florida, Pensacola News Journal, Wednesday, 5 June 1991, page 8A.
2. Associated Press, "Military says sailor was in radio contact with planes that collided", Northwest Florida Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, 27 February 1990, p. 5B.
3. Norman, Brett, staff writer, "Few details in training accident that killed instructor, student", Pensacola News-Journal, Pensacola, Florida, Friday 29 September 2000.

Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
27-Aug-2014 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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