Nautical Accidents 2004

22/01/04 160174 / YX AH-1W HMM-166 USMC  
23/01/04 162535 / VT AH-1W HMLA-367 USMC  
02/02/04 158635 / AB-104 F-14A VF-211 USN Collided with another F-14 161295 over the red Sae 158635 only suffered minor damaged
02/02/04 161295 / AB-111 F-14A VF-211 USN Collided with another F-14 158635  over the red Sae This aircraft was more seriously damaged and was subsequently soc 002/03/04
08/02/04 163631 / 301/B T-45 TW-2 USN Just FYI. On 8 February while returning from a cross country navigation flight to New Orleans, the crew (SNA and IP) experienced fuel starvation about 5 miles outside of Waco, TX, where they were planning a refuelling stop. The IP chose to land the aircraft gear/flaps up in a farmers field. The crew walked away from the landing and the aircraft initially appears to be in fairly good shape. An investigation is underway. There was no civilian property damage. No information as to the "nature" of the fuel starvation. Looks like he did a pretty nice job of the landing. The pilot made an excellent 'wheels up'??? landing, as the fuse looks pretty much intact.
08/02/04 XZ241 / EE-435  Lynx HAS.3S(ICE)  815 Sqdn RN The Ministry of Defence can confirm that a Royal Navy Lynx helicopter from the Ice Patrol Ship Endurance crashed in Antarctica on 8 February. The five crew members aboard suffered injuries, but were safely recovered back to the ship where they received medical attention from a Royal Navy and British Antarctic Survey medical team. The three most seriously injured were evacuated to the British Antarctic Survey’s Halley Research Station; they are now being moved out of Antarctica. Their injuries are not life threatening and their families have been informed. The cause of the accident will be the subject of a full investigation. The helicopter came down on the coast of the Weddell Sea while Endurance and the Royal Research Ship Sir Ernest Shackleton were laying down fuel caches for BAS use. HMS Endurance carried a pair of Lynx M3 helicopters from 815 Naval Air Squadron, which are used to support the ship’s patrol and hydrographic survey work in Antarctic waters. Bearing the same name as the ship in which Sir Ernest Shackleton conducted his great voyage ninety years ago, Endurance spends some seven months of each year deployed in the South Atlantic where her role includes supporting the British Antarctic Survey and contributing to the defence of British Interests in the region
24/02/04 165476 / A-133 T-45C VT-9 USN Accident at NAS Meridian, Mississippi soc 02/06/04
04/03/04 162106 / HK-406 SH-60B HSL-40 USN Involved in an accident at NAS Mayport Fl soc 20/08/04
10/03/04 164052 / NH-411 F/A-18C VFA-94 USN  
10/03/04 165938 UC-35D    USMC 11:27 p.m. March 10, 2004 A military jet carrying four Marines crashed Wednesday night as it approached Miramar Marine Corps Air Station, officials said. The plane was identified by the Federal Aviation Administration as a UC-35D, a military version of a twin-engine, Cessna Citation 560 corporate passenger jet. The plane burst into flames after hitting the ground. It crashed at 8:42 p.m. in a semi-brushy area east of Interstate 15 and Miramar Way where the Cedar fire had burned. It was about a half-mile short of the runway, FAA spokesman Bruce Nelson said. Late reports said there were no survivors.
24/03/04 165204 / AB-3** F/A-18C  VFA-82 USN A U.S. Navy F/A-18 "Hornet" aircraft on a routine training mission crashed at about 12:30 PM EDT today off the coast of South Carolina. The pilot was rescued uninjured and taken to a hospital at Hunter Army Air Field near Savannah, GA for observation. The aircraft was assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 82 (VFA 82) based at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, SC. Known as the "Marauders", the squadron returned February 25 from a six-month deployment as part of Carrier Air Wing One aboard the Norfolk, VA - based aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The cause of the crash is under investigation
26/03/04 164689 / AJ-307 F/A-18C  VFA-15 USN An F/A-18C assigned to VFA-15 ran off the runway during takeoff at Raleigh Durham Airport in North Carolina today 26 March 2004. Pilot ejected. Plane is a write-off
29/03/04 162839 / AF-301 F/A-18A  VFA-203 USN NEW ORLEANS (NNS) -- Navy Reserve pilot Cmdr. Kevin T. Hagenstad, 36, of Marietta, Ga., was listed in fair condition with a broken leg, at Erlanger Hospital in Chatanooga, Tenn., after safely ejecting from an F/A-18A Hornet when the aircraft crashed during a training mission March 29. The accident occurred in an unpopulated area approximately 30 miles north of Chattanooga at approximately 11 a.m. The flight originated at Tri-city Regional airport in Bristol, Tenn. The pilot was performing a low-level navigation flight on an FAA-approved training route en route to Naval Air Station (NAS) Atlanta at the time of the incident.
The lost (NAS) Atlanta-based F/A-18A Hornet aircraft of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 203 was delivered to the Navy in 1985 at a cost of $24 million. The aircraft was scheduled to be dismantled at the end of March to be used as a static display at a naval facility in Pennsylvania.. 
28/03/04 164344 / NK-1.. F-14D  VF-31 USN Crashed about two miles west of Pt. Loma near San Diego during workups off  USS John C. Stennis. Both crew ejected and were rescued
30/03/04 ZH859 / 584 Merlin HM.1  824 NAS RN The incident happened at RNAS Culdrose, near Helston, at about 1500 BST on Tuesday when a Merlin helicopter hit the ground near the control tower. One man was trapped in the aircraft and flown to hospital. Four other people were also hurt in the incident. The £60m anti-submarine aircraft, which is thought to belong to 824 Squadron, had just taken off on a training flight. Road closed Two civilian fire engines were sent to the base but were not required. Civilian ambulances were also called to assist navy paramedics. The main road from Helston to the Lizard was closed as a precaution for an hour. The airlifted man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske with serious injuries. The four others who were hurt were described as "walking wounded". The aircraft was severely damaged. The rotor blades came off in the crash and bits of wreckage were strewn across the area. Teams of Royal Navy personnel have been sweeping the base's perimeter looking for debris. The Merlin, which was first introduced in 1997, normally carries a crew of three comprising a pilot, observer and aircrew man. The 22.8 metre-long aircraft has a rotor diameter of 18.6 metres, weighs 14,600 kilograms and has an anticipated service life of 35 to 40 years. RNAS Culdrose is responsible for training helicopter pilots, observers and aircrewmen in search and rescue, weather forecasting and aircraft handling. 
30/03/04 163947 / WR AH-1W HMLA-775 USMC Collided at Al Taqaddum, Iraq at FOL, Crews OK
30/03/04 164595 / WR AH-1W HMLA-775 USMC Collided at Al Taqaddum, Iraq at FOL, Crews OK
21/04/04 162434 / MA-02 F/A-18A VMFA-112 USMC Search and rescue crews found a missing Marine Corps FA-18 Hornet jet in the Anza-Borrego desert south of Glamis, 10News reported. Officials say the plane is destroyed and crashed in an "inaccessible area." The plane's pilot is still unaccounted for. The missing Marine reservist pilot was training with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Force, said Capt. Patrick Kerr of the Marine Forces Reserve. The missing jet belongs to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 112, Marine Air Group 41, a reserve squadron based at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth in Texas, Kerr said. The plane was one of two FA-18s that took off from Marine Corps Air Station Miramar at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, headed for Yuma Marine Corps Air Station in Arizona on a training mission, Kerr said. The lead jet lost communication with the missing aircraft and a search began at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, Kerr said 
26/04/04 15? / ES-... CH-46E HMM-266 USMC In Afghanistan, made a hard landing in brown-out conditions, rotor blades struck ground and aircraft flipped over, crew OK.
28/06/04 163145 / AC-..... F/A-18A VMFA-115 USMC The search has ended for a missing Marine pilot based aboard USS Harry S. Truman. Capt. Franklin R. Hooks II, 32, of Pasco County, Fla., was conducting a training exercise Saturday night off the Norfolk-based USS Harry Truman when his F/A-18 Hornet was reported missing, officials with the Navy's U.S. Sixth Fleet said. The ship, its embarked aircraft and rigid hull inflatable boats covered more than 250 square miles of water during the search. Wreckage of the plane was recovered about 60 miles south of the Azores Islands, a Navy statement said. The plane is part of the Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 115, based in Beaufort, S.C. Hooks lived in Pasco, Fl. Authorities are investigating the cause of the incident. USS Harry S. Truman is participating in Summer Pulse '04 exercises. 
28/06/04 164269 / DC-03 F/A-18 VMFA-122 USMC A Marine fighter jet returning from three-week exercise in Denmark crashed next to the runway at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort on Monday. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Donald A. Caetano says the pilot was airlifted to a hospital in Savannah, Ga. Caetano said the pilot was unconscious, but had no other information about the condition. Caetano said the Corps hasn't released the pilot's identity. Caetano could not say if there were any other injuries on the ground because of the crash. The latest accident under investigation. Caetano said the recovery and cleanup operation was ongoing. "Obviously, something went wrong," he said. Caetano said 10 jets from VMFA Squadron 122 were overseas taking part in Operation Clean Hunter 2004. After the crash, the other returning jets were given an alternate runway for landing.
08/07/04 620 Lynx HAS.4  31F FN The accident involved one of the 31F Lynxes based at Hyères during a training mission (practicing take-offs and landings) and occurred close to Saint-André Les Alpes. The crew of four were all slightly injured and were hospitalised 
21/07/04 163097 / MF-04 F/A-18A VMFA-134 USMC Two military jets crashed into the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon Wednesday afternoon. The FAA says two Navy F-18 fighter jets crashed around 2:30 p.m. near Arlington Oregon. Those jets are based out of Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego and the fighter group is in Portland on a training mission. Witnesses told KATU that they heard a loud explosion and many others saw a fireball above the river before the fighters tumbled into the water. "We saw an explosion and a boom, and we saw a plane coming down in flames," said one witness. Witnesses also told KATU they saw multiple parachutes in the sky after the crash. "One man parachuting, something like a canopy spinning in the sky, to the east of that I saw another man parachuting, " said Amanda Wilson, the wife of an Arlington Sheriff's Deputy. "I do know that one man landed on the Oregon side of the Columbia River, and another one landed in Arlington, and another one landed on the Washington side of the river." The crash happened east of the Navy's test bombing range five miles southwest Boardman. Although the site was decommissioned in 2000, some planes continue to use the low level flight routes in the area. The site features mobile targets for practice by Navy jets, particularly those out of Whidbey Island in Washington. 
21/07/04 162870 / MF-00 F/A-18B VMFA-134 USMC See Previous....
10/08/04 ? / HC- MH-53E HC-4 USN An MH-53E assigned to HC-4 landed at Sigonella and was taxiing through a "birdbath" when the aircraft raised up. The rotors hit the ground. The aircraft was destroyed. Four crew were injured
11/08/04 164782 / YX-6 CH-53E HMM-166 USMC The CH-53E that crashed in Al Anbar Province Iraq, pitched up, caught fire, and crashed. Two killed. The aircraft was assigned to HMM-166(Rein)
10/08/04 160567 / NK-704 S-3B VS-35 USN Four aviators died in the crash of an S-3B Viking warplane from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis earlier this week during an exercise in the Pacific Ocean near Japan, the Navy said on Friday.
The wreckage of the airplane and the remains of the crew were found on Kita Iwo Jima, an uninhabited island about 45 miles north of Iwo Jima, the U.S. Seventh Fleet in Japan said in a statement.
The crew members were identified as Lt. Patrick Sean Myrick, 31; Lt.James Joseph Pupplo, 34; Lt. Cmdr. Scott Allen Zellem, 35; and Aviation Electronics Technician Second Class Joshua Brent Showalter, 24. The San Diego-based Stennis and the USS Kitty Hawk carrier strike groups were conducting joint exercises involving U.S. Navy (news - web sites), Air Force and Marine Corps forces near the Iwo Jima island chain on Tuesday when the aircraft was lost, the Navy said.
13/08/04 157742 / YH-06 CH-53D HMM-463 USMC The CH-53D that crashed in Okinawa on 13 Aug 2004 was assigned to HMH-463, but temporarily assigned to HMM-265(Rein). Only three, not four, crewmen were on board; all injured.The US military on Sunday said a helicopter crash in Japan that injured three Marines nine days ago was caused by a missing part and the problem was unique to the aircraft involved. The flaw that led to the loss of tail rotor control on August 13 would not prevent other CH-53D Sea Stallion transport helicopters from going on an upcoming mission to Iraq, it said. Those helicopters were to leave Sunday. No civilians were hurt, but there were protests after the aircraft swiped a campus building as it crashed onto the grounds of Okinawa International University in Ginowan, some 1,600 kilometers (1,000 miles) southwest of Tokyo. "A small retaining device in a subcomponent of the tail rotor assembly was missing, leading to a loss of tail rotor control," the Marine Corps Base at Camp S.D. Butler in Japan's southern Okinawa said in a statement. "The cause was solely unique to the CH-53D involved in the accident," the statement said. All CH-53Ds had been grounded and checked following the incident. Around 44,600 US troops are based in Japan, two-thirds of whom are stationed in Okinawa. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi vowed in June to make "sincere efforts" to reduce the "heavy" burden on Okinawans from having US military facilities close by, made worse by a series of crimes committed by US soldiers.
26/08/04 164700 / NE-303 F/A18C VFA-151 USN San Diego Union Tribune 27 Aug 2004 reports that on Thursday 26 Aug. a VFA-151 F/A-18C ran out of runway on landing at NAS North Island, Calif., and ended up semi-submerged in San Diego Bay. Pilot ejected unharmed. The aircraft had been conducting carrier qualifications when the pilot decided to divert because of a technical issue.
31/08/04 149722 / HU-741 UH-3H HC-2 USN Three military service members were injured when a UH-3H Sea King carrying 10 passengers had a mishap while landing aboard USS Preble (DDG 88) in the North Arabian Sea during a routine passenger transfer/logistics run. One injured Sailor was evacuated to Camp Arifjan medical facility in Kuwait, while the others are being treated aboard Preble. All are in stable condition. Preble is conducting Maritime Security Operations in the Northern Arabian Gulf as part of Command Task Force 58. The cause of the accident is under investigation
08/09/04 153372 / ? CH-46E HMM-263? USMC Crashed in Iraq
14/09/04 164904 / WD-00 F/A-18C VMFA-212 USMC Around 0545 GMT while conducting routine training approximately 10 miles southwest of the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Tindal, Australia, a Marine F/A-18, participating in Exercise Southern Frontier crashed in an unpopulated area. The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a nearby RAAF medical clinic and was later released. The cause of the crash is unknown at this time and is under investigation. The focus of Exercise Southern Frontier is on air to ground exercises and various training capabilities. Due to accident investigation requirements and concern for public safety, the media and members of the public are requested to stay away from the accident area.
07/10/04 163794 / AA-617 HH-60H HS-15 USN MANAMA, Oct 7 (AFP) - A US Navy HH-60H Seahawk helicopter crashed in Kuwait Thursday morning immediately after takeoff, with all seven crew members sustaining light injuries, a statement from the US Fifth Fleet here said. An enquiry was opened into the cause of the accident, which occurred at about 9:00 am (0600 GMT) at Camp Arifjan, as the helicopter began a routine logistics mission. The helicopter was detached to CV-67 USS John F. Kennedy
09/11/04 165226 / AG-410 F/A-18C VFA-131 USN An F/A-18 Hornet assigned to the Wildcats of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 131 crashed Nov. 9 after taking off from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas. The pilot successfully ejected from the aircraft and was recovered by Air Force recovery crews. He is listed in good condition at a Nellis hospital. His identity is not being released. The accident happened about 12 p.m. EST. The aircraft crashed about 15 miles north of the Air Force base in a sparsely populated area. The aircraft was participating in an exercise with the Air Force Weapons School at Nellis. An accident investigation board is investigating the cause.
10/11/04 161021 / SN AH-1W HMLA-169 USMC Shot down by RPG and small arms fire Nr Fallujah, Iraq, the aircraft lost hydraulics and made an emergency landing. It was destroyed by Iraqi rebel forces, crew escaped.
01/12/04 165426 / "WE-10" AV-8B VMA-214 USMC A Harrier aircraft from the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma crashed Monday in the Yuma Proving Ground. The pilot of the AV-8B Harrier 2 ejected at 4:50 p.m. from a location somewhere within the Cibola Range of YPG, according to 1st Lt. Beatriz Yarrish, MCAS spokeswoman. The $30 million aircraft is part of the Marine Attack Squadron-214 of Marine Aircraft Group 13 within the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. The pilot was making a "routine flight" and was the only aircraft flying from MCAS Yuma at the time.The location of the crash was in the desert about 2.1 miles east of milepost 66.2 on Highway 95 A UH-1N Huey search-and-rescue helicopter and a P19 fire truck command-and-rescue vehicle were immediately dispatched once the ejection came over the radio. "The pilot was rescued at 5:40 p.m.," she said. The pilot was transported by an MCAS Yuma search-and-rescue vehicle to Yuma Regional Medical Centre where preliminary reports listed him in stable condition. There was no ordnance aboard the aircraft. The range was not in use for testing at the time of the crash, she said. Officials cordoned off the area, and anyone that was not emergency personnel was kept some distance from the crash site. at 7:30 p.m. that the site was secure. Yolie Canales, public affairs officer for Yuma Proving Ground, said the YPG Fire Department, MCAS Crash Crew and Rural/Metro Fire Department all responded to the crash scene. An airplane from the Department of the Interior was the first to fly over the scene and assist in location efforts. She did not know where this plane had flown from. The VMA-214, known as the "Black Sheep" squadron, generally has 14 to 16 Harriers operating out of Yuma at one time. She said it had been more than two years since a plane in the VMA-214 had crashed. This was the third harrier from MCAS Yuma to crash in less than one year.
01/12/04 161956 F/A-18 Blue Angels USN The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron pilot who safely ejected from his F/A-18 Hornet near Perdido Key in the Gulf of Mexico Dec. 1 has been identified by the Blue Angels. Lt. Ted Steelman, 32, from Star, Idaho, was flying an unnumbered Blue Angel jet on a routine, hour-long training mission when the incident occurred. Steelman is the team¹s opposing solo, and flies the Number Six jet during the demonstration. The cause of the incident is under investigation. A second Hornet, flown by Lt. Cmdr. Craig Olson, 35, from Kirkland, Wash., was flying with Steelman approximately 10 miles from Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola, Fla., when the incident occurred. The ejection happened approx- imately 15 minutes into their flight. After Steelman¹s parachute opened, Olson circled overhead, directing rescue crews to his downed wingman¹s position. Olson landed safely at NAS Pensacola after Steelman had been recovered. Steelman was recovered by an NAS Pensacola search and rescue (SAR) helicopter, and was airlifted directly to Naval Medical Center Pensacola. He arrived in very good condition approximately a half-hour after ejecting. He was evaluated and treated for exposure to the mid-60 degree water, and released at approximately 7 p.m. local time Dec. 1. The H-3 rescue helicopter was piloted by Lt. Matt Cristo and co-piloted by Lt. Scott Wilkerson. Also aboard were crew chief Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Peter Nolan and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael Turner. Steelman was picked up by rescue swimmer Aviation Machinist¹s Mate 2nd Class Tommy Henderson. A 225-foot U.S. Coast Guard buoy tender, USCGC Cypress, is patrolling the crash site to pick up floating debris and to keep the area secure for investigators. The aircraft has been declared a total loss, and the Navy is evaluating different recovery options.

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