MISHAPs: 18 JAN 81 LOCATION: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington TYPE: Hard Landing SRIKE: Yes DEATHS: 00 BUNO: 152161 CAUSE: Pilot
"...The cockpit crew went out the overhead, after initialaly opening the side escape hatch to a ball of fire. The aft observer opened the main cabin door an hopped to the ground - CENTERSEAT FORUM - P-3 PICTURES - Aircraft Mishaps..." WebSite: CenterSeat.Net http://www.centerseat.net/ [26JUL2008]
VP-69 Mishap Article "...The Whidbey Crosswind - Volume 11 - Number 4 - Whidbey Island, Washington - Friday, January 23, 1981..." Contributed by LCDR Jason Jamison - VP-69 Admin/Safety Officer email@example.com [05MAR2008]
Photograph Caption: Wreckage of this VP-69 P-3A Orion was strewn around near the runway after it crashed and burned while landing Sunday afternoon. The seven crewmen aboard jumped to safety although three of them were injured exiting the plane. Photo by PH1 Dave Kutschara.
Seven NAS Whidbey Island, Washington reserve crewmen escaped serious injury Sunday when the VP-69 P-3A Orion aircraft in which they were flying crashed while landing aboard the station after a routine training flight.
The four-engine turboprop aircraft was approaching runway 13 at 2:45 Sunday afternoon, when, according to an eye-witness, the plane "just dropped out of the sky."
LT Rick Chandler, NAS Public Affairs Officer, was quoted as saying the plane "turned on its right side, causing the wing to tear partly out of the fuselage."
Leaking fuel caught fire, and all seven persons aboard leaped from the aircraft as it came to rest off the side of the runway.
Pilot of the wrecked Orion was LCDR William L. Goodman, 34, of Auburn and copilot was LCDR Ken Krull, 36, of Kennewick.
Other crewmen was ADC William L. Beckey, 34, of Oak Harbor; ADC James E. Stensland, 38, of Redmond; LCDR Richard B. Hawley, 33, of Ellensburg; AE1 Carter J. Tull, 33, of Preston; and LT John W. Hirsch, 30, of Seattle.
Beckey suffered injuries to his back and Stensland and Hawley each got a broken leg when they jumped from the burning plane.
Six of the men on the plane were from Reserve Squadron VP-69 and the seventh from Reserve Squadron VP-0122.
Damage to the plane was extensive and investigation into the cause of the crash continues.
MISHAPs: 00 JUL 84 LOCATION: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington TYPE: Hard Landing SRIKE: No DEATHS: 00 BUNO: Unknown CAUSE: Landing Gear Problem [06FEB2006]
"...ID: DNSN8500664, DNSN8500665, DNSN8500666, DNSN8500667, DNSN8500668, DNSN8500669, DNSN8500670, DNSN8500671, DNSN8500672, DNSN8500673, DNSN8500674, DNSN8500675, DNSN8500676, DNSN8500677, DNSN8500678, DNSN8500679 and DNSN8500680 - Runway 25 after it was damaged by the propeller of a P-3 Orion aircraft. The port engine No. 2 propeller contacted the runway due to a problem with the landing gear. Location: NAS Whidbey Island, Washington (WA) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) - Date Shot: 19 Jul 1984..." WebSite: Defense Visual Information Center http://www.dodmedia.osd.mil/ [06FEB2006]
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