Accident Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk 142817,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 201348
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Date:Wednesday 8 July 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic A4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas A4D-2 Skyhawk
Owner/operator:United States Navy (USN)
Registration: 142817
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:E of Victorville, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:USS Hancock
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The Commander of VA-155 took off from the USS Hancock in Douglas A4D-2 142817 with one other A4D-2. Their flight plan was to include a low altitude simulated special weapon attack mission over the Mojave and Colorado deserts en route to El Centro NAF before returning to the USS Hancock.
At about 08:30 an explosion occurred in the J65 jet engine of 142817. The pilot immediately jettisoned his external fuel tanks and the inert practice weapon. He then tried to gain as much altitude as possible before ejecting. Sadly, the ejection seat did not carry him high enough to allow full parachute deployment. The A4D-2 crashed into a ridge in the Stoddard Mountains and exploded scattering wreckage over a wide area. The pilot was killed.

The official Navy investigation found that mechanical/engine failure was the primary cause of the accident.


San Bernardino Sun 9 July 1959, p1 (C section)

Revision history:

15-Nov-2017 21:12 TB Added
30-Jan-2022 14:20 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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