Mid-air collision Accident Grumman A-6A Intruder 151799, Saturday 4 November 1967
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Date:Saturday 4 November 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman A-6A Intruder
Owner/operator:VMA(AW)-225 USMC
Registration: 151799
MSN: I-102
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:15 miles from MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina (NKT/KNKT)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
A pair of Grumman A-6 Intruders (BuNo 151799 and BuNo 149942) (Call sign SHOP 29) of VMA(AW)-225 were involved in a midair collision during a day in-flight refuelling manoeuvre. The pilot of the tanker aircraft (BuNo 151799) experienced a nose dawn tendency during the letdown for an over-field demonstration. To counteract this, he initiated nose up trim from 5 to 6 degrees without any response from the aircraft. Next the aircraft performed an abrupt hard-over to the left which resulted in the receiver aircraft contacting the empennage of the tanker.

Shortly after this the tanker aircraft was approaching the inverted attitude. The receiver aircraft, however, was able to recover and return to base. The tanker crashed into a swamp 15 miles from MCAS Cherry Point, Havelock, North Carolina, and it appeared from the way it struck ground that it was nearly vertical at moment of impact. The crew - LT D. Suter and LT R. D. Avery - successfully ejected.


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Revision history:

16-Mar-2016 20:45 Dr.John Smith Added
27-Dec-2019 15:12 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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