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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77316
Last updated: 8 August 2020
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Date:26-JUN-1981
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier
Owner/operator:VMA-513 USMC
Registration: 158703
C/n / msn: 712100/22
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific off USS Tarawa, off San Diego, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Tarawa
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Flew into the sea off the USS Tarawa, off San Diego, CA. Pilot killed

Obituary of pilot

MAJ. THOMAS W. TYLER
Died: June 26, 1981
Family members had been invited on board the amphibious assault ship Tarawa for a cruise, and Tyler's fiancee was watching as he did a demonstration flyby in his AV-8A. He was supposed to make several passes by the ship from stern to bow. But after the first pass, he changed direction, heading bow to stern. After narrowly missing the ship, the plane hit the water.

Investigators concluded the "primary cause of the accident was pilot error," noting that the presence of his fiancee "may have altered Maj. Tyler's previous conscientious flying attitude." Their report also faulted shipboard personnel for not warning Tyler sooner that he had strayed from his flight plan.

Tyler graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and flew helicopters in Vietnam. But his real love was the Harrier. "He just loved to fly that plane," said John L. Tyler, his father.

Thomas Tyler, 33, was divorced and had a daughter, who was 7 at the time of the crash


Sources:

http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725
https://vsafuto.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/uss-tarawa-memories/
http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/AV8APROD.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
03-Aug-2011 14:00 Dr.John Smith Updated [Date, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2020 16:23 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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