Incident McDonnell Douglas F-4J Phantom II 158368,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 82551
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Date:Saturday 20 March 1976
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-21, US Navy
Registration: 158368
MSN: 4157
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:USS Ranger (CVA-61), in Western Pacific Ocean -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Destination airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
F‑4J Phantom II 158368 tail code 'NE 202' of VF‑21 on board the USS Ranger, struck carrier's ramp at night and broke in two. Both crew - Lt. H. L. Jones and Lt. G.Caswell - ejected safely.

Exact location of crash not established, but the USS Ranger (CVA-61) was deployed in the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean between January and September 1976.

I was observing air operations on the O7 Level (vultures row) when this occured. I witnessed the dual ejections. I ran down the ladder to the flight deck to find an AFFF hose to begin fighting the fires. If I remember correctly, the F-4 slid toward the tower and hit a A7 aircraft (or 2). I was with VA-145 (Swordsmen) out of NAS Whidbey Island. I was an Airmen Apprentice at the time. AD3 Zamites.


Revision history:

14-Nov-2010 11:55 ASN archive Added
29-Nov-2011 15:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Feb-2013 12:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
18-Aug-2013 13:23 Uli Elch Updated [Aircraft type]
16-Nov-2020 16:49 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
04-Aug-2023 17:10 Grog Updated [Narrative]

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