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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82592
Last updated: 10 February 2020
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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
Owner/operator:Blue Angels US Navy
Registration: 153079
C/n / msn: 1601
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Superstition Mountains, California -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
On March 8, 1973 three F-4J Phantoms of the US Navy "Blue Angels" aerobatic display team (Capt. John Fogg #3, Lt. Marlin Wiita #2 and LCDR Don Bentley #1) collided in mid-air during practice over the Superstition Mountains in California.

All three pilots landed successfully. The cause of the incident was the wrong maneuver from Flight Leader LCDR Don Bentley.

NOTE: The three aircraft involved were BuNos 153080, 153079 and 153083, but it is not clear which pilot was in which aircraft.


Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
21-Nov-2011 15:42 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
10-Feb-2020 10:55 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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