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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77356
Last updated: 12 August 2019
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Date:12-AUG-1987
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley TAV-8A Harrier
Owner/operator:VMAT-203 / USMC
Registration: 159380
C/n / msn: 212022/8
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mesic, Bayboro, Pimlico County, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:Military
Departure airport:MCAS Cherry Point (KNT/KNKT)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Crashed shortly after take off from MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina, killing both crew. Obituaries of crew were as follows:

USMC CAPT. DANIEL P. CAMPBELL
Call Sign: Indian Died: Aug. 12, 1987
Campbell died of a broken neck when his seat unexpectedly ejected during a training flight over Pamlico County, N.C.

Investigators blamed the accident on a small, undetected fracture in the acrylic canopy that gave way under the pressure of flight. The canopy shattered, triggering the ejection seat. Investigators recommended that maintenance workers begin inspecting TAV-8A canopies weekly.

USN LT. STEPHEN J. CHETNEKY
Died: Aug. 12, 1987

He was the flight surgeon catching a ride in the rear seat of the TAV-8A Harrier training plane piloted by Capt. Campbell. As the aircraft plummeted, Chetneky ejected too late, and his seat hit the ground before his parachute could open.

Note: On May 6, 1950 his Father died in the crash of an F-86A (47-635) also due to mechanical failure.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20121118000509/http://www.scramble.nl:80/sb.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
http://www.pulitzer.org/archives/6725
http://www.havenews.com/articles/aug-5959-christopher-issue.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
19-Aug-2011 03:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
27-Aug-2011 19:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Phase, Source, Narrative]
15-Jun-2016 06:59 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
29-Sep-2016 17:49 Rodger Asai Updated [Narrative]

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