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Date:04-MAR-1982
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-542 / USMC
Registration: 158956
C/n / msn: 712117
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:MCAS Cherry Point (KNT/KNKT)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
1st. LT. ROBERT G. WILSON JR.
Died: March 5, 1982

Wilson's AV-8A crashed on March 4, 1982, while he was attempting to land from a hover during a training exercise at Cherry Point.

According to Bandgren, he was dropping onto a small metal pad surrounded by trees. The plane drifted left. When he tried to correct it, he became enveloped in debris kicked up by the nozzles.

The plane rolled and Wilson ejected, but into the ground. He survived for about 15 hours. A letter Bandgren received from the squadron commander said, "The final cause was undetermined, with most probable cause as pilot error."

Sources:

Scramble
http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
18-Aug-2011 22:21 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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