Accident Grumman A-6E Intruder 158050, Tuesday 8 January 1980
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Date:Tuesday 8 January 1980
Time:19:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic A6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Grumman A-6E Intruder
Owner/operator:VA-75, US Navy
Registration: 158050
MSN: I-508
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:USS Saratoga (CVA-60) 100 miles E of Jacksonville, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA (NTU/KNTU)
Destination airport:USS Saratoga (CV-60) off Jacksonville, Florida
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
A-6E Intruder BuNo, 158050/'AC-501' of VA-75, as part of CVW-3 on board the USS Saratoga. Destroyed January 8, 1980: after routine naval operations off the coast of Florida, Lt. Charles "Chuck" Morrow (pilot) and the Commanding Officer of VA-75 Commander. Anthony J. "Tony" Lynch (navigator), headed back to the ship. Lt. Morrow was landing an A-6E Intruder jet on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, USS Saratoga, about 100 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida at about 7 p.m.

The aircraft had a "hook skip" over the 4 wire and had a left to right drift. The aircraft's right wing struck several parked planes on Cat 2 during the night landing and then the plane exploded and rolled off the deck and into the ocean.

A search failed to find the plane or the men although some small parts were recovered. The Navy ended its search late that night and listed the men as missing and presumed dead.

Sources:

1. http://web.archive.org/web/20171103001143/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/a6_prowler.htm
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/navy_serials/thirdseries20.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20180422222159/http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/A-6.html
3. http://web.archive.org/web/20171111064728/http://www.navy.mil:80/navydata/nav_legacy.asp?id=65
4. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=110799615
5. https://www.findagrave.com/page=gr&GRid=119101937

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
30-Mar-2016 18:04 Dr.John Smith Added
30-Mar-2016 18:12 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Jan-2018 19:21 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
05-Aug-2018 06:40 Trip Wiggins Updated [Narrative]

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