Accident North American RA-5C Vigilante 156619, Wednesday 12 January 1972
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Date:Wednesday 12 January 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic vigi model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
North American RA-5C Vigilante
Owner/operator:US Navy
Registration: 156619
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near NAS Albany, GA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:NAS Albany
Destination airport:NAS Albany
Confidence Rating: Little or no information is available
On GCA approach to NAS Albany, GA, in marginal WX, radar & tower contact was lost.
Approximately 6 miles out from Runway 22 the aircraft descended into the ground and both crew ejected safely for unknown (censored) reason. They were picked up by HH-1K helicopter.

Flying as “GJ-301” the mission was to chase another RA-5C on their TM-12 syllabus flight (low-level, photo chase).

Following the training flight and while conducting an idle TACAN penetration descent with a GCA pickup (off the Dawson DME fix) the aircraft dropped rapidly off radar inbound on the GCA approach. Gear was down and they were completing a right turn from 2,000’ dropping to maintain 1,400’. Weather was 500 feet scattered, 2,100 overcast, visibility 6 miles in haze.

The Vigilante crashed in heavily wooded swamp beside a lake.

Crew was with RVAH-3.
Pilot Lt Commander Donald T. Watts
RAN Lt Commander Paul E. Criswell

US Navy accident report
"RA-5C Vigilante" Osprey Combat Aircraft Series, Lindsay Peacock



Revision history:

04-Jun-2024 12:05 ChrisB Updated [Source, Narrative]
05-Jun-2024 09:48 ChrisB Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Category, Photo]

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