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Type:Silhouette image of generic HAR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley AV-8C Harrier
Owner/operator:VMA-513 / USMC
Registration: 158704
MSN: 712101/23
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mojave Desert, near Twentynine Palms, California. -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:MCAS Yuma, Arizona (KNYL)
Destination airport:
Crashed at Twentynine Palms, CA during a practice low level bombing run. Cause attributed to a faulty altimeter give a false reading of the aircraft's height

Obituary of pilot:

Call Sign: Bones Died: Dec. 3, 1981
Soon after Fishbaugh left for a month long training exercise in California, a surprise arrived at the family's home in Cherry Point.

He had arranged to have flowers delivered weekly during his absence. There was a bouquet for his wife and his 4-year-old daughter.

"She carried that little bouquet around until it fell apart and the next one came," said his widow, Alexis Fishbaugh Rainey. "That's one of her last memories of him."

He died one day before the exercises were to end when his AV-8A Harrier crashed in the desert during a practice bombing run near Twentynine Palms.

He was 27. Besides his wife and daughter, he left a 6-month-old son.

The investigation report did not cite a cause, but noted that Fishbaugh had previously complained that the radar altimeter was inoperative. The recovered barometric altimeter read 2,500 feet -- 200 feet lower than the impact site, noted the investigator, 1st Lt. Robert G. Wilson Jr.

Wilson was originally scheduled to fly the day Fishbaugh was killed. But when the planned sortie was replaced at the last minute with a more advanced maneuver, an instructor decided Wilson was too inexperienced. Fishbaugh agreed to take his place. Wilson died in a Harrier crash three months later.


Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
04-Aug-2011 00:38 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Aug-2011 22:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator]
28-Dec-2020 09:57 Anon. Updated [Narrative]

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