Incident Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion 162485,
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Date:Monday 1 September 2014
Time:14:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic H53 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion
Owner/operator:US Marine Corps 22nd MEU-VMM-263(R)
Registration: 162485
MSN: 65-497
Year of manufacture:1984
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 25
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Gulf of Aden -   Djibouti
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Training Site in Dijbouti
Destination airport:USS Mesa Verde
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Ditched in the Gulf of Aden with 25 persons on board (17 marines and 8 navy) all of whom were recovered aboard USS Mesa Verde (LPD-19). The accident occurred as the aircraft came into land on USS Mesa Verde and is under investigation but was not a result of hostile fire.

The Marine Corps investigations findings into the loss of the US$ 47.8 million aircraft were reported by The Washington Post and Virginian-Pilot in October, 2015. The investigators attributed the crash to a number 2 engine failure on final approach to the ship.

Sources:

http://web.archive.org/web/20160727082913/http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=83044
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/miracle-sea-25-survive-navy-chopper-crash-gulf-aden-n193346
https://www.ksat.com/content/pns/ksat/news/2014/09/01/us-military-helicopter-crash.html
[LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.aviafora.com/forums/forum/helicopter-fora/military/1531-us-navy-marine-corps-newsp=2220#post2220]
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/super-stallion-chopper-crash-blamed-engine-n441321

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
01-Sep-2014 20:26 HeliNews+ Added
02-Sep-2014 06:18 Anon. Updated [Damage]
02-Sep-2014 06:41 Aerossurance Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2014 06:58 Aerossurance Updated [Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2014 06:59 Hans Gruber Updated [Time, Operator, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Sep-2014 07:19 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2019 17:43 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Feb-2020 16:54 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]
08-Mar-2020 20:24 StokieSteve Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Source, Narrative]

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