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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 121543
Last updated: 8 October 2019
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Time:17:19 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing AV-8B+(R)-27-MC Harrier II Plus
Owner/operator:US Marine Corps, HMM-163
Registration: 165586
C/n / msn: B323
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Aden -   Somalia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Boxer (LHD-4)
Destination airport:
US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier 165586 "YP-55" (Boeing remanufactured 163674) deployed with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD 4) crashed into the water during takeoff for a routine training flight while operating in the Arabian Sea.

The pilot ejected and wasn’t seriously injured, according to Marine Corps and Navy officials.

The Harrier is assigned to the Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, which is operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet region aboard three ships with the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group.

It took off from the ship at 5:19 p.m. local time, but “immediately after take off the aircraft rolled right and (the pilot) ejected,” officials said.

The pilot, flying with the call sign of “Evil Eye 55,” was picked up by a Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopter within about seven minutes of the incident.

Once returned to the Boxer, the pilot “walked off the aircraft under his own power.”

The squadron is investigating the cause of the crash.

The 13th MEU and Boxer ARG left California in February on a scheduled deployment to the Middle East and Western Pacific regions.

The 4,000-member naval force arrived in the 5th Fleet region on March 25.


Revision history:

05-Apr-2011 00:01 MarkStep Added
09-Apr-2011 03:50 RobertMB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Aug-2011 03:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]

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