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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77322
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley AV-8A Harrier
Owner/operator:VMA-542 / USMC
Registration: 158953
MSN: 712114/36
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Bay River, Pamlico County, off MCAS Cherry Point, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Cherry Point MCAS (NKT/KNKT)
Destination airport:
Crashed into the Bay River, off MCAS Cherry Point, North Carolina. Approx co-ordinates Latitude: 35-09'59'' N, Longitude: 076-31'45'' W

Pilot failed to eject, and was killed

Obituary of Pilot:

Call Sign: Bayou Died: July 26, 1977
Franovich was the first in his large, extended Cajun family to explore life beyond the oil rigs off Louisiana's Gulf Coast, said his widow, Pam Franovich Kinard. After graduating from Louisiana State University, he joined the Marines and flew F-4 Phantoms. He requested a transfer to the Harrier program in North Carolina shortly after they lost their 2-week-old firstborn child, she said.

One day the base commander dropped in on a meeting of officers' wives. "He and the chaplain told us that they knew there were a lot of fears, but we needed to support our husbands," Kinard said. "They brought out a wife whose husband had to eject from the Harrier but survived. He died later in another Harrier accident."

She knew it was her turn when she saw a chaplain approaching at the Cherry Point base hospital, where she had taken their second child for a routine checkup. Witnesses saw Franovich's AV-8A descend into the Bay River in the rain and explode. An investigation couldn't determine the cause. Franovich was 32.

Four months after his death, Kinard gave birth to their third child, a son she named Tony.


Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
03-Aug-2011 12:04 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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