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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 194044
Last updated: 29 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sikorsky HH-53C Super Jolly
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 67-14996
C/n / msn: 65145
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Gulf of Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:IATA: VPS, ICAO: KVPS, FAA LID: VPS
Destination airport:VPS
1) Crashed in sea during aerial refueling. No survivors.

2) Comments received from Sandra Kenny, widow of aircraft commander (AC) Captain Thomas Kenny. Capt. Kenny had served in Vietnam as an HH-3E Pilot 1965-66.
3) On board the mishap aircraft with Capt. Kenny were Co-Pilot (CP) Captain Carl W. Oliver of Esther, FL and Crew Chief (CC) Master Sergeant William T. Lane of Fort Walton Beach, FL. The mishap aircraft was practicing inflight refueling 35 miles out over the gulf of Mexico. Crew remains were not recovered. Anyone with additional information about this class A mishap can email me at the address provided.


1) JBaugher,

2) Sandra Kenny by way of comments addressed to me following my re-posting of a HH-3E video provided by the National Museum of the Air Force that was shared in the Facebook Group ' Jolly Green Giant Helicopter (CH-3E, HH-3E)'.
3) Rochester Democrat and Chronicle Metro Edition, 10 Oct 69, page 17.

Revision history:

08-Mar-2017 19:31 TB Added
07-Mar-2020 18:08 CMSgt.106rqwseg Updated [Date, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Plane category]
22-Mar-2020 08:21 CMSgt.106rqwseg Updated [Source, Narrative]

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