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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82553
Last updated: 21 January 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II
Owner/operator:VF-191, US Navy
Registration: 153875
C/n / msn: 2445
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) in Western Pacific Ocean -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:USS Coral Sea (CVA-43)
Destination airport:
Lieutenant Cdr. Richard Burns was Killed 7 Dec 1976 flying F-4J BuNo 153875 from the USS Coral Sea (CVA-43). Aircraft came down in the Western Pacific. RIO, Lt.JG M.Checchio, ejected safely and was rescued.

According to contemporary reports the F-4J suffered the loss of an afterburner on launch, and both crewmen ejected safely. Although the rescue helicopter was on scene 18 seconds later, by the time the SAR helcopter's rescue swimmer was in the water, the pilot was seen to have been dragged under the surface by his paracute.


Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2011 15:56 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
29-Nov-2011 15:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 18:00 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]

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