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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77328
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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-513 / USMC
Registration: 158970
MSN: 712131/53
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nellis AFB, near Las Vegas, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Nellis AFB, Nevada (LSV/KLSV)
Destination airport:
Crashed into a mountainside near Nellis AFB, Nevada, killing the pilot.

Obituary of pilot:

Call Sign: Husky Died: Sept. 6, 1977
Reed flew into a mountainside during a bombing training run at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada.

The cause was never determined. But investigators surmised that Reed, 30, didn't realize how close he was flying to the rugged terrain -- perhaps partly because his altimeter wasn't working properly. He had complained to a fellow pilot that the device was acting up during a flight the previous day, the accident report said.

Investigators recommended that the Marines equip all AV-8A aircraft with an audio and visual low-altitude warning system. It was added to the plane over the next few years.

A highly regarded pilot, Reed left a pregnant wife and three children between 1 and 4.


Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
03-Aug-2011 12:20 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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