Nautical Accidents 2005

10/01/05 164085 / NE-613 SH-60F HS-2 USN

The helicopter was en route to Banda Aceh from the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln at about 7:15 a.m. (7:15 p.m. ET Sunday) when it crashed within 100 meters (yards) of the airfield, said Capt. Larry Burt, the commander of the carrier's air wing. The 10 passengers and crew members on board have been returned to the ship for treatment. Cmdr. Mark McDonald, a spokesman for the U.S. relief effort, said all are believed to have suffered "very minor injuries."

13/01/05 165418 /? AV-8B(R) HMM-165(R) USMC

Crashed into the Indian Ocean

25/01/05 162498 / BJ-560. MH-53E HM-14 USN

Ditched off the Virginia coast

26/01/05 164536 / N-... CH-53E HMH-361 USMC

Crashed in Iraq

16/02/05 ? MH-53E HC-4 USN

GAETA, Italy (NNS) -- Four crew members were injured when an MH-53E helicopter from Helicopter Combat Support Squadron (HC) 4, based at Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy, crashed on base Feb. 16 at approximately 4:20 p.m. (3:20 GMT). The four injured air crew have been transported to the Navy hospital at NAS Sigonella for evaluation and treatment. All are in stable condition. The HC-4 aircraft was on a routine training mission from NAS Sigonella prior to crashing on the runway. U.S. Navy and Italian officials are investigating the cause of the accident.

22/03/05 165087 / A-108 T-45C VT-7 USN

Crashed at NAS Meridian, Mississippi

02/05/05 164721 / NG-201 F/A-18C VMFA-323 USN Believed to have collided in Mid-air at around 22:10 hrs whilst flying at 30,000ft over Iraq during a sortie from the USS Carl Vinson . the body of one pilot, Major John C. Spahr, the squadron's XO was found still strapped in his ejector seat, some distance from the main wreckage of his aircraft, about 15 miles southwest of Karbala, South Central Iraq early on May 3. the following day, Pentagon officials confirmed that the body of the other pilot, Captain Kelly C. Hinz, and the wreckage of both aircraft, at separate locations had been found.
02/05/05 164732 / NG-210 F/A-18C VMFA-323 USN Believed to have collided in Mid-air at around 22:10 hrs whilst flying at 30,000ft over Iraq during a sortie from the USS Carl Vinson . the body of one pilot, Major John C. Spahr, the squadron's XO was found still strapped in his ejector seat, some distance from the main wreckage of his aircraft, about 15 miles southwest of Karbala, South Central Iraq early on May 3. the following day, Pentagon officials confirmed that the body of the other pilot, Captain Kelly C. Hinz, and the wreckage of both aircraft, at separate locations had been found.
15/06/05 164127 /... AV-8B VMA-513 USMC

Crashed at MCAS Yuma

14/07/05 164150 /... AV-8B VMA-542 USMC

Crashed at whilst returning to MCAS Cherry Point, NC

18/07/05 165662 / NJ-170 F/A-18E VFA-122 USN

Collided over NAS China Lake, CA

18/07/05 165670 / NJ-114 F/A-18E VFA-122 USN

Collided over NAS China Lake, CA

05/09/05 ? Su-33 ? Russian Navy Slid off the deck and crashed into the North Sea at 16:27hrs after the arrestor cable broke on landing on the carrier Admiral Kuznetsov after returning from routine manoeuvres. the pilot Lt Col Yuri Korneyev, ejected safely and was rescued from the water uninjured about 5 minutes later by a Ka-27PS rescue helicopter
21/09/05 ? S-3B VS-21 USN Crashed at 12:10 hrs into woods near Westside regional park, close to the 6500 block of Roosevelt Boulevard, just west of NAS Jacksonville, Fl. Whilst on final approach to runway 09 in a rainstorm. Pilot Lt Cmdr Scott Bracher, and Co-pilot and mission commander Lt Cmdr Thomas Blake both killed.
24/09/05 ? SH-60B ? USN Missing during training mission off the North Carolina coats after departing from it's base at NAS Mayport, Fl late in the evening with three crew members on board. It was one of a number of Navy and Marine Corps helicopters undertaking deck handling qualifications on two ships from the USS Nassau Expeditionary strike grou0p off Cherry Point, North Carolina. there was still no sign of the helicopter and its crew the following morning.
31/10/05 ? T-45C VT-22 USN Aircraft departed controlled flight at NAS Kingsville, Texas, and was destroyed in the subsequent crash at 17:00 hrs, after the two crew had ejected safely.
02/11/05 165321 / SM-36 AH-1W HMLA-369 USMC WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2005 - Three U.S. Marines and a sailor died in two incidents in the western Iraqi city of Ramadi today. Two Marines died when their AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter crashed outside the city. A U.S. Marine and a sailor were also killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb. The two Marines in the helicopter were assigned to the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). Officials released no further details of the crash. The other two service members were assigned to the 2nd Force Service Support Group (Forward), 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward). The deceased service members' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
07/12/05 45 Super Etendard 11F FN

Crashed in the Gulf of Ajaccio at 13:37hrs after the pilot had ejected safely following a bird strike whilst operating from the carrier FS Charles de Gaulle south of Toulon. he was picked up by a fishing vessel and initially taken to the naval base at Aspretto before being trensported to the hospital at Ajaccio suffering from shock

07/12/05 164123 / KD-20 AV-8B VMFAT-203 USMC

The Coast Guard rescued a Marine pilot Tuesday after his aircraft plummeted into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida. The Marine, who was in the water for more than four hours, was returned to Florida for medical treatment. The Coast Guard said the pilot was suffering from mild hypothermia, but he appeared to be in good condition.
The U.S. Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier went into the water about 20 miles east of St. Augustine. Witnesses reported seeing a parachute deploy from the aircraft, and the pilot's wingman saw him eject, the Coast Guard said. The Coast Guard and Navy began searching for survivors immediately. Coast Guard rescuers transported the pilot to Naval Station Mayport, near Jacksonville, Florida, where the rescuers are stationed. . The plane was based at the Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina, and was on a routine training mission, Marine officials said

13/12/05 ? SH-60B HSL-48 USMC The United States and Colombian navies will conduct a deep-sea search for wreckage of a U.S. helicopter that crashed during an anti-drug operation off Colombia's Pacific coast, killing all three American sailors aboard, officials said Thursday. Those killed were identified in a Navy statement Thursday as: pilot Lt. Christopher H. Snyder, 28, of Plainsboro, N.J.; pilot Lt. Nicolas J. Juron, 25, of Lexington Park, Md.; and Aviation Warfare Systems Operator Second Class John N. Kaye III, 22, of Waterloo, Iowa.The helicopter, an SH-60B Seahawk, went down early Tuesday just after taking off from the frigate USS DeWert, according to the U.S. Navy. The cause of the crash remains under investigation and the bodies have not been recovered, it said. A special ship with equipment to take photographs of the ocean floor will likely arrive Friday to help the U.S. probe the accident, the head of the Colombian navy, Adm. Mauricio Soto, told The Associated Press. "The U.S. Navy greatly appreciates the immediate response of the Colombian navy to this tragic accident," said Lt. Jon Spiers, spokesman for the Naval Forces Southern Command in Mayport, Fla. "The assistance of an oceanographic survey ship will prove most helpful." An attempt to rescue the missing sailors was called off Tuesday night after an extensive search by both countries' navies. The Navy said it received no distress call before the crash. The helicopter was based on a frigate that usually carries out anti-drug missions in international waters and the Navy said the crew was "conducting counter-narco-terrorism operations" when they crashed. With few roads and a number of inland waterways, Colombia's Pacific coast is a haven for drug smugglers. Traffickers typically pack several tons of cocaine onto speedboats, sometimes equipped with global positioning systems and satellite telephones, and dart toward Mexico and Central America, where the drugs are taken across land into the United States.
 

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