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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57280
Last updated: 15 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman EA-6B Prowler
Owner/operator:VAQ-137, US Navy
Registration: 158812
MSN: P-40
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Malacca Strait, Indian Ocean. -   Malaysia
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:USS Enterprise (CVN-65), Malacca Strait, Indian Ocean
Destination airport:
EA-6B Prowler BuNo 158812 'NK-612' of VAQ-137 aboard the USS Enterprise in the Malacca Strait, Indian Ocean. Crashed January 13 1975 into water 15 seconds after launch when it “flamed out.”. Of the four crew, 2 were OK, 1 sustained back injuries and 1 - Lieutenant Jack L. Pedersen - perished in the mishap. Captain Smith later eulogized Pedersen as “an officer who reflected the Navy’s highest levels of professionalism,” whose “death serves as a continuing reminder that our calling is a dangerous one, whether it be conducted in peace or in war.”

The three survivors were Lt. Commander R. Newman, Lt. R. A. Kraft, and Lt. Commander B. G. Swanson. It is not known which sustained the back injury.



Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
15-Mar-2016 02:17 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Mar-2016 02:18 Dr.John Smith Updated [Country]
27-Mar-2016 17:05 Dr.John Smith Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
30-Mar-2016 19:08 Dr.John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]

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