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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 56115
Last updated: 9 June 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 78-0590
C/n / msn: A10-0210
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Itteringham, Norfolk -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Departure airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
Destination airport:RAF Bentwaters, Suffolk
The accident occurred on November 18th after two USAF A-10 Thunderbolt IIs of the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Bentwaters were involved in a mid-air collision at 09:15 hrs while en route to Wainfleet range at between 1,500 feet and 2,000 feet altitude. The pilot of one, Maj.Steve Kaatz, (in 78-0590) lost control of his aircraft following the collision and ejected safely.

The A-10 crashed near the village of Itteringham in Norfolk. An off-duty air traffic controller was slightly injured by flying debris from the aircraft.

The pilot of the other A-10, Lt,Col William Olson, attempted to return to Bentwaters by flying around the Norfolk coastline to avoid over-flying built-up areas. He lost control and ejected, coming down in the sea off Winterton. Lt. Col Olson drowned, as did the RAF Winchman sent to recsue him


Hamburger Abendblatt 20 November 1980


Photo of 78-0590 courtesy

Woodbridge (EGVG / WOB)
1980; (c) Gerard Helmer

Revision history:

05-Jun-2013 00:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
08-Mar-2018 20:51 TB Updated [Operator, Source]

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