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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 77351
Last updated: 5 December 2021
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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: 158960
MSN: 712121/43
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:MCAS Yuma, Arizona (KNYL)
Destination airport:
Crashed into mountainside at Chocolate Mountains Aerial Gunnery Range, California, killing the pilot.

Obituary of pilot:

Call Sign: Cobra Died: Oct. 2, 1978
Dana Gallo said her husband advised her to sue if he died flying a Harrier.

"He had lost too many friends in accidents," she said. "He loved the aircraft, loved what it could do, but it was not a forgiving aircraft."

His AV-8A Harrier crashed in the Chocolate Mountains east of California's Salton Sea during a bombing training run. He flew into the ground inverted, according to his wingman. No cause was ever determined, Dana Gallo said. She never sued.

Gallo had flown Cobra helicopters in Vietnam and was one of the first Marine helicopter pilots to make the transition to the Harrier. After learning to fly the plane, he had served in Japan and the Mediterranean.

The son of a career Army officer, Gallo was due for a promotion to major when he was killed, Dana Gallo said. He was 34. He left two sons, who were 2 and 5 at the time of his death.


Revision history:

30-Nov--0001 00:00 ASN Archive
03-Aug-2011 13:25 Dr.John Smith Updated [Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Aug-2011 11:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source]

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