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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57198
Last updated: 6 December 2021
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Date:18-JAN-1991
Time:
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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:USS Ranger (CVA-61)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
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

Sources:

1. Flight Interntional 15-18 May 1992 p. 24 at https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1992/1992%20-%201220.html
2. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
3. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
4. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
5. https://www.nytimes.com/1991/01/23/us/war-in-the-gulf-families-pilots-relatives-are-captives-of-fear.html?pagewanted=all
6. http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/costen/78/
7. http://www.pownetwork.org/gulf/td021.htm
8. http://articles.latimes.com/1991-03-07/news/mn-3371_1_family-members

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

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


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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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