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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77343
Last updated: 26 February 2020
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Date:06-APR-1977
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier
Owner/operator:VMAT-203 / USMC
Registration: 159372
C/n / msn: 712175/97
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:MCAS Beaufort (BFT/KNBC)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed during take off transition from vertical to forward flight at MCAS Beaufort, South Carolina.

Obituary of pilot:

1st LT. THOMAS J. EVANS
Died: April 6, 1977
Heavy crosswinds battered the runway as Evans set out to practice a vertical takeoff in his AV-8A in Beaufort, S.C.

A novice Harrier pilot, Evans, 25, had a hard time controlling the plane in previous attempts. Now, with the wind whipping around him, he lifted his plane off the runway, hovered and lost control as he tried to accelerate into conventional flight. The plane rolled to the left, dropped nose down and bounced so hard on the ground that it detonated Evans' ejection seat. He died of a skull fracture and internal injuries.

The investigation described Evans as "an inexperienced first-tour aviator" and suggested that pilot error caused the crash. But the report also found fault with the decision to let Evans take off in heavy winds.

Sources:

http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725
http://www.harrier.org.uk/history/AV8APROD.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
02-Aug-2011 23:34 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2011 11:51 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]

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