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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158629
Last updated: 2 July 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman A-6A Intruder
Owner/operator:VMA(AW)-533 USMC
Registration: 152631
C/n / msn: I-179
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:1
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:in South China Sea, near Da Nang, South Vietnam -   Vietnam
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Chu Lai AB, near Tam Kỳ city, Quảng Nam Province, South Vi
Destination airport:
A-6A Intruder BuNo 152631 of VMA(AW)‑533, MAG‑12, US Marine Corps, based as Chu Lai Air Base: destroyed February 23 1968 when collided with a F-8E Crusader ('DB-00'/BuNo 150857 from VMF(AW)-235) on a non‑combat flight a few miles out to sea near Da Nang

The A-6A aircraft was returning from a strike mission when it was involved in a midair collision with an F-8E, at 02:30 hours, approximately 31 miles from Chu Lai. The A-6A was on GCI and was informed that there was a target (the F-8E) in the same area at a lower altitude. The B/N looked up and reported the F-8E was at the same altitude as the A-6A.

The collision occurred immediately thereafter. Both crew members ejected after the A-6A went out of control and were picked up in the water. The F-8E pilot was Captain George Lawrence Hubler (who was listed as KIA). The A-6A pilot was 1st Lt R V Smith, who ejected safely. The Bombardier/Navigator of the A-6A is not known/not recorded, but is believed to have ejected safely also.


1. A-6 Intruder Units of the Vietnam War By Rick Morgan

Revision history:

19-Aug-2013 08:24 Uli Elch Added
19-Aug-2013 08:56 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
19-Aug-2013 09:25 Uli Elch Updated [Operator]
18-Mar-2016 17:22 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Mar-2016 17:24 Dr.John Smith Updated [Phase, Narrative]
27-Dec-2019 15:09 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]

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