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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 153232
Last updated: 9 December 2018
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Date:03-FEB-1991
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52G-130-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:4300rd Bomb Wing (P), USAF (4300rd Bomb Wing (P), United States Air Force)
Registration: 59-2593
C/n / msn: 464356
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:13 miles North of Diego Garcia -   Indian Ocean
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T.
Destination airport:Diego Garcia, B.I.O.T.
Narrative:
B-52G Stratofortress s/n 59‑2593 of 4300 BW(P): during a Desert Storm mission, on February 3 1991 sustained a technical fault and crashed into Indian Ocean, 13 miles north of the island of Diego Garcia.

Officially the crash was blamed on electrical failure, but there are rumors that combat damage was
responsible. Three crew members ejected safely, three others ejected out of the envelope and were killed.

The three survivors were:
Aircraft Commander, Capt Kevin Kent
Co-Pilot, Capt Jeffrey Love
Gunner, Sgt Steven Ellard

The three crew killed were named as

Radar Navigator/Bombardier Captain Jon Jeffrey Olson - ejected below safe ejection minimum altitude and killed. Body Not Recovered - posted as MIA

Navigator 1st Lt. Jorge I. Arteaga - ejected below safe ejection minimum altitude and killed. Body Not Recovered - posted as MIA

Electronic Warfare Officer 1st Lt. Eric D. Hedeen - ejected below safe ejection minimum altitude and killed. Body recovered in an inflated life raft

Crew was from the 97th Bombardment Wing on temporary duty assignment from Eaker Air Force Base

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20171101061754/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/b52_stratofortress.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1959.html
http://www.pownetwork.org/gulf/od059.htm
http://www.dstorm.eu/pages/en/usa/b-52.html
http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19910205&slug=1264589


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
12-Feb-2013 18:56 Dr. John Smith Added
12-Feb-2013 18:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Operator]
12-Feb-2013 19:11 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]
03-Nov-2016 08:38 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
12-Nov-2016 10:58 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
24-May-2017 19:59 Stacey Ward Updated [Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]

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