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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57198
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman A-6E Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-155, US Navy
Registration: 152928
MSN: I-522
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Umm Qasr Naval Base, North of Kuwait City -   Kuwait
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Destination airport:
A-6E Intruder BuNo. 152928 of VA-155, US Navy, based on board the USS Ranger (CVA-61). Lost on combat operations January 17, 1991 as part of Operation "Desert Storm": Hit by missiles and/or anti aircraft fire while sowing mines around the naval base at Umm Qasr.

Failed to return from combat missions on Iraqi military targets on the morning of Friday, January 18 - believed shot down returning to the USS Ranger following a bombing mission over Kuwait. Both crew - pilot, Lt William Thompson "Tom" Costen possibly ejected but KIA (body recovered on 12th March 1991). Bombardier/navigator Lt Charlie Turner -possibly ejected but KIA (body recovered March 12th). Two emergency radio beeper signals were picked up indicating that both Turner and Costen successfully ejected from the aircraft


1. Flight Interntional 15-18 May 1992 p. 24 at

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

17 Jan 1991 158539 VA-35, US Navy 0 Airfield H-3, Western Iraq sub

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
14-Jan-2009 10:45 harro Updated
03-Jul-2009 04:45 Jakub Cikhart Updated
04-Apr-2016 19:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2016 19:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Apr-2016 19:35 Dr.John Smith Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
04-Apr-2016 19:36 Dr.John Smith Updated [Narrative]
04-Apr-2016 19:55 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source]

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