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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158695
Last updated: 13 August 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:VA-65, US Navy
Registration: 155587
C/n / msn: I-313
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Ban Sang, Mu Gia Pass, Khammouan Province -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off coast of Vietnam
Destination airport:USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63) off coast of Vietnam
A-6A Intruder BuNo. 155587/'NH-507' of VA-65, US Navy, on board the USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63). Lost on combat operations April 3, 1969: Aircraft was striking a suspected fuel storage area near near Ban Sang, in the Mu Gia Pass, Khammouan Province, in Laos under FAC control when the aircraft was hit by AAA, at 13,000 feet just prior to release of ordnance, which quickly led to engine failure and other issues.

Both crew - Lt Commander Ed Redden (pilot) and Lt John Ricci (Bomardier/Navigator) - ejected and were rescued by USAF HH-53E "Jolly Green Giant" SAR helicopters and taken to Nakhon Phanom Royal Thai Air Force Base (RTAFB).


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

Revision history:

20-Aug-2013 09:00 Uli Elch Added
20-Aug-2013 09:18 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Country, Narrative]
20-Mar-2016 18:07 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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