A-3 Accidents by BuNo
|BuNo||Date||Type A3||A/C status||Squadron||Location||Description|
|000001||10/26/1966||Non-flying||Dummy BuNo||VAH 4||WestPac||LCDRs Farris and Smith died in USS Oriskany fire. (Correct date from Gregg Farris.)|
|000002||1/1/1961||Non-flying||Dummy BuNo||VAH 2||WestPac||The tractors on the Coral Sea were not heavy enough to move an A3 when the ship was rolling too much. When 142407 was moved ,the ship rolled the plane bucked up, the tow bar parted and the a/c went over on its back into the sea.|
|000003||8/17/1980||Non-flying||Dummy BuNo||VQ 2||Airman Harrison was killed on the flight deck during maintenance checks on BuNo 146454.|
|VAP-61||At 25,000 A/C went out of control in a near vertical attitude. Pilot appeared to be blacked out. Lindbloom blew the chute, activated bailout alarm and left the A/C with 1 other. Pilot regained control at 10,000 and returned to DaNang. PH1 Charles D. Lindbloom not found.|
|130353||10/27/1964||NA-3A||Lost, ground collision||NARF||NAF El Centro, CA||Live parachute drop demo followed by a requested east to west low pass over the field. Contact with a transformer at 48 feet AGL plane crashed into PX. Eight ground personnel killed and 17 injured. 18 of 25 people were civilans.|
|130356||10/16/1958||EA-3A||Lost, ground collision||VQ 2||3nm north of Incirlic, Turkey||Only B6 (not defined) shown in the "Type Accident" field of the AAR.|
|130359||10/1/1955||RA-3B||Pending||Douglas AC at Edwards AFB||Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No data.|
|130362||5/28/1959||EA-3A||Lost at sea||VQ 1||8.5 miles 132 deg. from Iwakuni RBS||Collided with the water on approach. Japanese fisherman reported red & white lights of an aircraft that flew into the ocean at a 45 deg angle. He stated there was no change in the engine sounds.|
|135408||1/4/1960||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 123||321 T 11 nm from NAS Whidbey||Compressor stall in flight. Icing at 3000 ft.|
|135410||1/22/1959||A-3A||Lost at sea||US Naval Missle Ctr||NAS Point Mugu||Unreadable|
|135413||9/19/1963||A-3A||Pending||NARF Alameda||Lost in Flight near NAS Alameda. Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No other data.|
|135414||10/1/1965||A-3A||Pending||Lakehurst||Lakehurst. Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No other data.|
|135417||9/26/1957||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 1||66-44N, 05-16E||Ramp strike. Main mounts broke from the A-3 at ramp impact.|
|135417||7/22/1957||A-3A||Deck accident||VAH 1||The Mediterranian||Plane captain was crushed by closing bomb bay doors|
|135419||3/7/1961||A-3A||Lost, ground collision||VAH 123||116 T 1 nm from NAS Whidbey Island||During landing, after a wave off for traffic, port engine fire warning light came on. 3rd seat PC reported smoke from port engine which was shut down. A/C hit a tree at the end of runway 12.|
|135422||5/18/1960||A-3A||Lost, ground (lake) collision||VAH 5 (tad VAH 3)||One nm north of Patrick AFB, FL||Uncontrolled collision with the water during landing. At 7 miles from touchdown A/C xmitted "May Day, fire in the cockpit" At 5.5 mile A/C txmitted "Let's speed it up" and at 4 miles A/C txmitted "Grab the fire extinguisher, see if that does any good"|
|135425||12/1/1963||NA-3A||Pending||NARF Norfolk||Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No other data.|
|135426||11/27/1963||A-3A||Lost, in-flight explosion||VAH 123||163 Deg mag, 22.75 nm from NAS Whidbey TACAN.||Smoke detected after take off. ICS, fuel & oil, MLG & flap indicators inoperatable. Gyros tumbled and ADUs ran down. IP pull escape hatch handle. Plane exploded after 3rd CM & IP abandoned A/C|
|135429||6/19/1959||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 1||19-21N, 75-34W||Cat shot with insuffucuent end speed. Cat was set for fuel load prior to refueling. Controlled collision with the water|
|135430||6/19/1957||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 3||Two nm east Mayport||Carrier launch. Unable to lower port landing gear. Crew bailed out and were rescued.|
|135437||2/9/1957||A-3A||Lost, ground collision||VAH 3||Mayport FL||Fuel starvation. (First A3 operational loss.)|
|135440||8/26/1959||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 1||One nm ESE of E. Monbo NC||Description difficult to read. Comprressor stall in a thunderstorm caused the A3 to crash. VAH 1 CO recommended ejection seats be installed in A3s. Flying thru a thunderstorm was considered a contributing fact.|
|135441||8/19/1957||A-3A||Lost at sea||VAH 3||38-23N, 06-17E; Departed Port Lyautey||Overshot barricade|
|135442||3/14/1963||A-3A||Lost, water collision||VAH 123||335 deg mag, 9.6 nm NAS Whidbey TACAN||Normal flight from Kirtland AFB. Approach turned A/C 250 deg & 3000 ft. Witness heard A/C at high power & at a lower than normal altitude. A/C entered the water in steep descent 400 yds N of the ferry dock, Anacortes. Slats icing was a factor.|
|138902||8/13/1960||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 1||36-55N, 69-50W||Normal touch down engaged # 4 wire & shortly after the port MLG folded causing the A/C to swerve left. It appeared stopped after the #2 elevator & then slowly rotated over the side & hung by the tail hook. BN was recovered aft of the ship. (First A-3B)|
|138903||1/28/1958||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||Douglas Aircraft Co.||Edwards AFB||Collision with the ground 10 miles west of Barstow, CA. Cause unknown.|
|138907||7/5/1963||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 10||27-02N, 127-50 E;170 deg 300 nm from NAF Naha||A/C was returning to CVA on single engine cruise. At the 90 the starboard engine fuel flow & RPM dropped to idle. A/C bingoed to Naha. Insufficient fuel resulted in a controlled bailout ~ 150 NM from Kadena AFB. All three bailed out.|
|138908||1/6/1958||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||14-15N, 119-3E||Ditched on cat shot|
|138909||12/4/1968||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAQ 132||32-49N, 118-02W||One third the way down the deck the bridle disengaged, the nose gear and wheel rose & exploded. The A/C left the bow nose down impacting the water.|
|138910||8/12/1957||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||37-27N, 122-49W||Struck the water following arresting gear and hook point failure. Rescued by helo plane guard.|
|138912||8/20/1960||A-3B||Lost, water collision||VAH 4||14-36 N, 120-12E; NAS Cubi Point||Lost an engine during take off from NAS Cubi Point and the A/C hit the water .|
|138913||5/5/1959||A-3B||Lost at sea.||VAH 4||20-23.5N, 157-45.2W||On the 4th pass, at completion of run out, A/C rolled 60 deg left, the cable parted and the A/C fell into the water. Crew rescued by USS Hubbard whale boat.|
|138917||2/27/1958||A-3B||Flt deck damage/repaired||VAH 2||WestPac||Unmanned, parked aircraft struck by bridle. No personnel involved.
First of three accident reports this BuNo
|138917||1/9/1960||A-3B||Damaged/Repaired||VAH 11||At sea||First accident report this BuNo.
Car Qual ramp strike.
|138917||4/5/1967||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 123||8 Nm SE Aituras, CA on snow covered mountain at 7000 feet level.||Instrument check flight from NAS Miramar to NAS Whidbey Island. Flight was in the clouds at FL 180. Hand off from Oakland Center not received by Seattle Center. A/C lost.|
|138919||5/14/1957||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||36.30N, 122.35W||Ramp strike, nose high after a wave off signal. Fuselage broke at the empennage & ruptured the main fuel cell. Fire broke out as the wreckage slide off the angle deck.|
|138921||4/1/1968||KA-3B||lost ground collision||VAH 2||NAS Whidbey||While attached to VAH-2, the aircraft was “borrowed” by VAH-10 DET-66 skipper, CDR Kiddle, to practice night touch and go’s at NAS Whidbey Island. Crew: Pilot, CDR Bradley Kiddle; B/N unknown; 3rd crewman, AQB2 Lundberg.
At approximately 2000 hrs, when climbing out after a touch, the left engine flamed out. The aircraft climbed out to attempt a restart. Restart was successful. However, when the port engine reached 85%, the starboard engine began to lose power. Both engines then flamed out. Crew successfully exited A/C and were rescued.
|138924||7/1/1961||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||26-02N; 127-24E. Enroute NAS Cubi Pt. To NAF Naha||Collision with water. Crew abandoned aircraft.|
|138925||11/16/1987||KA-3B||Landed safely||VAQ 33||Not stated; over water.
(Possibly Elmendorf AK)
|Midair collision with ERA-3B BuNo 144827 during formation flight.
138925 recovered after lossing one engine.
|138927||2/12/1963||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||Near the carrier out of Subic Bay; outside bingo range.||Night recovery took longer than planned. Pilot declared low fuel state. Two approaches were waved off. Hook skip on next pass. Last pass bolted & lost the nose gear. A/C orbited to set DD search screen.Crew bailed out at 6000 ft and 5 nm from CVA.|
|138929||1/26/1980||KA-3B||Lost, ground collision||NATC||Tanker support for F/A 18A test and F14 chase A/C. Requested practice PAR approach. A/C disappeared from the radar screen. A-3 impacted cornfield and disintegrated.|
|138930||2/8/1965||A-3B||Lost, in-flight breakup||VAH 4||Boardman Bombing Range||A/C broke up in flight during a laydown bomb run. Heavy turbulence at low altitude. At 500 feet, 450 kts. Last transmittion at the ten miles report. Bombing tone came on 55 secs later. It lasted 5 secs and then the A/C disintegrated in the air.|
|138934||3/4/1963||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 13||32-43N, 138-15E||A/C struck the ramp & bolterd after going below the glide slope & LSO called wave off. MLG debris hit the LSO. Lost hydraulics prevent bingo to NAS Atsugi. Plane caught fire on the starboard beam. Two chutes were seen. A/C crashed 4 miles ahead of CVA|
|138935||8/2/1958||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||Western Pacific||Overran the flight deck. Arresting gear was set for an A-1D. A/C Hit the water inverted. Canopy shattered and it is possible the pilot & BN seats may have been carried away at impact.|
|138936||10/1/1957||A-3B||Pending||VAH 2||Lost off NAS Cubi Point. Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No other data.|
|138937||7/24/1968||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 123||36-31N, 122- 36W. At sea with CVA||Night carquals for FRP. A/C was direct to get below the wx by Marshall Control to 800 feet. Radar & radio contact was lost shortly thereafter. Presumed to crash at sea.|
|138940||2/18/1970||KA-3B||Unknown||VAH 123||NAS Whidbey Island||FCLP - At wave off point from simulated single engine GCA, A/C swerved right and struck the ground nose down.|
|138942||2/7/1958||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 9||31-10N, 40-27W||Evidence of fuel contamination. A/C collision with the water.|
|138943||2/18/1969||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 10||17-57N, 107-18E; Gulf of Tonkin||Collided with water on night TACAN penetration.. There was an unsuccessful fuel consolidation with 2nd KA3; Drogue was streaming fuel. APC lost contact at 10.5 nm|
|138947||5/25/1965||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||South China Sea.||At launch for a day combat mission, the catapult bridle hook broke and the bridle took out the nose gear. A/C continued down the deck and over the bow. Previous wheels up landing (1/11/62) caused undedected hook fracture. LTJG Tunic was ship's company.|
|138948||7/26/1960||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 9||30-21N, 79-52W||Night carrier landing, collision with the water. Two wave offs; 3rd approach appeared normal. But the A/C struck the water 3 miles astern|
|138950||3/1/1959||A-3B||Stuck in March 1959||VAH 5||Evreux-Fauville AFB, France||Navy A3D was making an emergency landing at EFAB.
Port engine flame-out and, on long final, lost the starboard engine forcing a landing in a flat, smooth field about 400 yards short of runway 5. No injuries.
Information and five photos from Jim Strickland, USAF air police
|138952||2/6/1960||A-3B||Damaged/Repaired||VAH 9||At sea||A3 was damanged when the cross deck pendant snapped. No A-3 personnel involved. The F3H pilot boltered but was lost at sea after an attempt ed ejection failed to occur. Reason unknown.|
|138952||3/15/1967||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||NAF China Lake||Cross country flight. 8.5 nm mile from Lockbourne AFB||Stall, spin at low altitude|
|138954||2/1/1958||A-3B||Pending||VAH 9||Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No other data.|
|138956||7/6/1957||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 9||One nm south NAS Sanford||From newspaper articles sent by AT2 Seaman's daughter, 3/1/2012:
"The plane was participating in night training exercises and at the time was practicing mirror landings which the Navy expalins consists of field carrier approach work."
|138958||4/29/1960||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 6||7 nm from carrier; WestPac||Aircraft launched with a jolt & could be held in level flight only with strong lest aileron and rudder.The pilot stated "The ball was hard left." The G/N discovered the tailfin had folded. Fuel was dumped & the crew bailed out. All three rescued.|
|138960||1/27/1961||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 13||3.5 nm WNW of NAS Sanford||Normal take off. Tower modified clearance; pilot read it back incorrectly with hesitation. No further transmission from the A/C which explode on contact with the ground. Brown & Cortright TAD from VAH 7|
|138961||10/24/1968||KA-3B||Damaged/repaired||VAH 123||NAS Whidbey tarmac||Main and nose gear retracted while parked. Line trouble shooter Zelk was pinned under the aircraft.|
|138962||6/25/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 11||30-36 N, 81-23 W; 3 nm ESE Fernandina Beach, FL||Dual engine flame out. All but pilot bailed out . LCDR Dorn (CVA 42), an observer and the BN were rescued. Pilot & 3rd CM were never recovered|
|138968||10/10/1972||EA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAQ 33||36-41-30N; 76-48-30W. 1.6 nm NW Holland, VA||Flight from NAS Norfolk - NAS Pensacola. Requested to cancel his flight plan & return to base ASAP. A/C dove & crashed. Haushalter's parachute opened but he didn't survive.|
|138970||6/7/1960||A-3B||Lost, ground/water collision||VAH 4||NAS Whidbey Island||Attempted an aborted take off. At the 3000 feet position on take off pilot reduced power and announced he was aborting the take off. A/C ran off the runway into 5.5 feet of water.|
|138972||10/3/1968||KA-3B||Lost at sea, in-flight collision||VAH 10||37-31N, 15-47E. Near NAF Sigonella||F4J joined to refuel. Shortly after F4 maneuvered to parade position. Effecting departure, the F4 & KA3 collided. F4 recovered at NAF Sigonellla; KA3 canopy had sufficient damage so that the crew had to bailed out.|
|138975||6/25/1960||A-3B||Flt deck damage/repaired||VAH 5||At anchorage, Golfe De Palmas, Sardinia airport||HUP 2 struck the # 2 elevator and parts damaged the A3|
|138976||3/21/1961||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 11||So. Mediterranean, at sea||Demo loft maneuver abeam the carrier. Pull up & bomb release appeared normal. At release A/C was at 70 deg and right hand recovery breakaway exceeded 120 deg. Nose came down in a 70 deg dive. The dive flattened but the A/C struck the water in a nose high|
|142236||12/20/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||30-55N, 128-14E, East China Sea, 200 NM south of Sasebo||Night ramp strike on 4th pass. ZB 14 got airborne minus the tailhook & port MLG. CVA & DEs formed V for bailout. Bailed out on down wind leg due to smoke in the cockpit from door blow-down cartridges. All rescued by the USS Robinson.
See Whale Tales for story
|142243||1/15/1962||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 1||0.5 nm SW Oviedo, FL||A/C lifted off 3-5 feet on take & settled to the deck after gear came up. It left marks for 2150 ft before becoming airborne with right engine afire.. Escape chute mechanism failed to open. BN bailed out from overhead hatch.. A/C spun out and exploded|
|142245||10/1/1958||A-3B||Damaged/Repaired||VAH 11||NAS Leeward Point. Gitmo, Cuba||Landing gear retracted on landing. The aircraft stopped safely on deck.|
|142245||5/7/1961||A-3B||Lost, land collision||VAH 11||5 nm south of Khania, Crete.||A/C hit ramp on 1st pass. Four more no-speed brake passes were made (2 wave offs & 2 bolters.) & then diverted. Bailed out 10 nm from Soudha Bay AB, Crete|
|142250||12/27/1964||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||South China Sea, 185 nm from CVA 19||Low level flight training at 1000 feet 360kts. Lt Carol. Crain in adjoining A3 noticed starboard fuel leak. A/C climbed to 300 feet and without a fire warning light, engine exploded. Crew bailed out.|
|142252||8/7/1970||EKA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAQ 131||39-47N, 106-17W.||Crashed in Colorado on flight from Buckley AFB to NAS Alameda. Uncontrolled pitchup during level off in clouds at FL 240|
|142254||3/9/1959||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 6||Unreadable||A/C entered water in nearly level, right wing down attitude.|
|142257||5/26/1966||EA-3B||Repaired||VQ 2||Info from Mark Swisher and Dick Dunston:
On 05/26/1966 after dark the aircraft launched from NAS Cubi Point, in the Philippines on an emergency mission to cover unusual activity going on in Vietnam. VQ-2 had 2 EA-3B's TAD operating jointly with VQ-1; they were BUNO's 146453 and 142257. At the time VQ-1's EA-3B electronic back end was down so VQ-2 was task with the mission. During climb-out the EA-3B encountered a typhoon and severe turbulence then suddenly a rare, double flame-out of both engines occurred at approximately 15,000-18,000 feet and naturally "lost all of its instruments" When the aircraft started dropping like a rock, the pilot activated the RAT to get power to the instruments, and initiated emergency engine re-start procedures but that did not work. At this point the pilot hit the bail out bell and blew the lower door, ordering the crew to bail out, the back end crew, 3 enlisted and 1 officer bailed out. The plane had descended to approx. 8,000 feet, bouncing all over the sky, when the pilot was able to re-light the fires; he grabbed the P/C (who was just starting to jump down the lower hatch) by his harness just in time to keep him from going out. Both engines started back up and the pilot returned to NAS Cubi Point, Philippines. The crew remarked that it was very eerie, heading back to Cubi with the back seats empty, seeing the parachute lanyards and the lower hatch door locked open and roaring in the wind. The crewman who bailed out died. When Lt Lindsey's Mae West was found, he had written a note on his vest, "We are in the water and OK". A destroyer found ATR3 Rich Stocker on 05/31/1966; he had been dead for approx 8 hours, The other three crewman were never recovered.
During the Vietnam War, due to the heightened EW activities, VQ-2 supplemented VQ-1 ops on the west coast.
Lt. Lindsey, ATC Aubin, ATR3 Hunt & ATR3 Stocker were VQ2 TAD to VQ 1
|142257||3/8/1974||EA-3B||Lost at sea.||VQ 2||37-52.2N, 08-50.3E||CVA recon mission. Arrestment of #1 cross deck pendant appeared normal for 190' until CDP separated. A/C left angled deck impacting nose high. All crew escaped through upper hatch and rescued by helo.|
|142400||7/4/1970||EKA-3B||Lost at sea||VAQ 132||Pending||Overshot approach. Drag chute deploy and A/C ditched. All crew survived.|
|142402||9/24/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 8||WestPac at sea, port abeam of CVA||On fourth pass, the A/C engaged the 4th cross deck pendant. After slowing considerably, the cable snapped and the A/C settled in the water off the angled deck. All 3 crew members escaped and were rescued by helos.|
|142631||7/19/1964||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 11||39-45 N, 13-07 W||Launch from starboard catapult appeared normal. Nose rotated up slightly and went ino a smart left 30 deg bank. A/C contacted the water with this slight nose high atitude about 1.25 NM from CVA|
|142633||10/2/1966||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||Hawaii||Bridle shed on cat shot. The A/C appeared to shudder & loud noise was heard on the cat shot. Bridle apparently released from port side by breaking cat hook. A/C veered to port & dropped off the bow. Partially inverted. Helo rescued crew. A/C lost.|
|142636||12/4/1958||A-3B||Lost, water collision.||VAH 11||Departed NAS Sanford for FDR||Lost over Caribbean. 1st pass, pilot wave off, 2nd bolter. 3rd pass left wing struck deck, cross deck pendant parted & A/C struck the water. All three rescued by helos|
|142637||10/6/1961||A-3B||Lost, ground collision (Lake George.)||VAH 11||282 deg T, 3900 yds from center of target at Lake George, FL||Uncontrolled crash during bomb run at Lake George. Crew made the bomb release and rolled past 90 degs and disappeared into the clouds. It was next seen in a steep dive and crashed in the lake|
|142639||6/30/1959||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 6||Unreadable||Crashed at sea on approach for landing. Aircraft was lost astern of the Ranger by CCA. Two uninflated life rafts were recovered.|
|142640||9/18/1959||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 2||017 deg T, 16.5 nm from Hamilton AFB, CA||Controlled collision with the ground after first striking tree tops.|
|142641||7/22/1959||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 11||17 nm south of Ajaccio, Corsica||After 5 landing passes, A/C diverted to Rome due to bingo state but A/C could not be "cleaned up." Aircraft returned for 3 more passes. After 8th pass A/C was diverted but crew bail out over land. Crew recovered.|
|142642||3/26/1960||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 2||13 nm SW Harrington, WA||Uncontrolled collsion with the ground.|
|142643||4/22/1959||A-3B||Lost, ground collision (Lake George.)||VAH 7||019 deg T, 6218 feet from target center at Lake George.||Water collision in Lake George.|
|142645||10/2/1958||A-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAH 1||098 deg mag, 14 nm NAS Jax||B6 (not defined) in the "Type Accident" field of the AAR.|
|142648||10/12/1961||A-3B||Lost, In-flight collision & ground collison||VAH 11||2 nm west of NAS Sanford, FL||Mid air collision with another A-3B. BuNo 142648. 142648's radome & canopy collided with 142663's starboard side. Both planes were on an approach to land.|
|142649||10/29/1972||EKA-3B||Lost/ ground collision||NARU Alameda||Buclkey ANGB on return flight to NAS Alameda||Shortly after take off the aircraft ceased to accelerate & crashed to the ground. Neynaber was VAQ 308|
|142653||4/12/1966||A-3B||A/C missing||VAH 4||A/C missing on flight from NAS Cubi Point to CVA. South China Sea||Operating in combat zone. No emerg IFF or Mayday signals rec. No voice contact estab with missing ACFT. Peking Int'l Service, in English, commended air unit for shooting down U.S Imperalist A3B Heavy Attack plane over the air space of Luichow Peninsula|
|142655||10/21/1967||KA-3B||Lost, ground/water collision||VAH 4||14-47N, 120-14E; NAS Cubi Point run way 25||Four unit JATO take off normal at JATO firing. Debris flew to the starboard & forward of the A/C which veered of the run way. Pilot lifted off with 142 kts IAS. Rt engine lost power. Ditch with 15 deg nose up. Cabin disintegrated . Crew thrown free|
|142657||5/16/1970||EKA-3B||Lost at sea||VAQ 135||16-36N, 108-34E; Off Da Nang||NAS Cubi Point. Divert to Da Nang. Fuel depletion possible.|
|142658||7/27/1967||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||15-30N, 115-00 E; 276 deg T 260 nm NAS Cubi Point.||Dual flame out at high altitude in precipitation. Starboard engine then port engine flamed out. Escape hatch fired by pilot with order to bailout.|
|142659||9/10/1977||EKA-3B||Lost, ground/water collision||VAQ 308||Oakland inner harbor immediate adjacent to boundary of NAS Alameda||Aborted take off at NAS Alameda. At 3500 ft. drag chute deployed and streamed. The tail hook was lowered. Tire marks extended for 4000'. A/C left run way and impacted harbor waters nose down.|
|142659||2/1/1971||EKA-3A||Unknown||VAQ 129||Da Nang||Explosion and fire in the bomb bay.|
|142663||10/12/1961||A-3B||Lost, In-flight collision & ground collison||VAH 5||2 nm west of NAS Sanford||Mid air collision with another A-3B. BuNo 142648. 142648's radome & canopy collided with 142663's starboard side. Both planes were on an approach to land.|
|142665||4/1/1966||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||45 nm SW of Hainan.||Cable parted. A/C nose gear collapsed & went off the deck. LT JG Kohlrusch was picked up by the helo but died.|
|142670||6/4/1968||EA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VQ 2||NS Rota Spain, R/W 11||At take off, gear were raised and flight appeared normal to 600 feet altitude. A/C commenced descent & impacted open wheat field 7800 ft from the end of the runway.|
|142672||1/23/1985||VA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 1||342 deg T, 134 nm Agana Vortac||Aircraft was lost from NAS Atsugi radar enroute descent to NAS Agana, Guam on a repositioning flight from NAF Atsugi|
|144626||12/28/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 5||40-29 N, 8-04W||After five landing attempts (3 bolters & 2 wave offs) the aircraft bingoed to Alghere, Sardinia. The aircraft switched to Alghere tower who held him on radar & IFF. The aircraft never landed.|
|144627||3/8/1967||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 4||Gulf of Tonkin||The aircraft did not return for recovery from a combat mining mission near Kien Giang River|
|144629||10/14/1960||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 1||40-26N, 13-35E; 70 nm SW Naples||Collision with bomb fragments. Crew bailed out.|
|144826||8/8/1969||RA 3B||Lost, ground collision||VAP 61||Classified; depart Danang AB||Fuel transfer problems & dual flame out resulted in bailout. White & Overton landed normally on the ground. Brock & Berry were hung up in trees.|
|144827||11/16/1987||ERA-3B||Lost at sea||VAQ 33||Not stated; over water.
(Possibly Elmendorf AK)
|Midair collision withKA-3B BuNo 138925 during formation flight. 144827 Crashed in Tuxedni Bay, Cook Inlet, Alaska.
Crew recovered by USCGC Mustang
|144828||6/16/1967||RA-3B||crashed||VAP 61||NAS Cubi Point||Crashed following inflight fire during test flight from NAS Cubi Point while operated by VAP 61. All three crew bailed and rescued. Pilot was LCDR William F. Burke Sr.|
|144829||6/28/1964||RA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAP 62||Seymour Johnson AFB, NC||Crew incapacitated by hypoxia. A/C ran out of fuel at 44,000 feet and crashed.|
|144830||11/15/1966||RA-3B||Lost at sea||VAP 61||13-26N, 145-41E; 68 nm west of Guam||Could not transfer or dump wing fuel. One engine was secured at FL 400. At 2108 hrs descending thru FL 360, pilot reported 1400# of fuel. Crew bailed out at 6000 feet. No chutes sited; BN rescued five hrs later.|
|144835||8/25/1967||RA-3B||Lost at sea||VAP 62 (tad VAP 61)||18-53N; 106-00E||The aircraft failed to return from night infrared recon combat mission. The last report was "Cleared feet wet." Crew was TAD to VAP 61 in Guam.|
|144836||2/24/1960||RA-3B||Lost at sea||VAP 62||Assumed at sea near Dayton||Collision with water|
|144837||4/1/1969||RA-3B||Pending||VAP 62||Lost in flight at NAS Jax. Listed in Aerograph 5 as lost. No data.|
|144839||9/7/1961||RA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VAP 61||137 feet from Runway 6L, Andersen AFB, Guam||Reaching for the gear handle the pilot accidentlly deployed the drag chute which would not jettison. Pilot made a semi-controlled wheels up landing. Crew exited safely from the overhead hatch|
|144842||6/13/1966||RA-3B||Hit by ground fire/lost||VAP 61||Vietnam||A/C hit by ground fire during night photo mission. Crew KIA|
|144844||10/14/1967||RA-3B||Lost at sea||VAP 61||15 miles south of Thangh Hoi||Struck by ground fire during day photo recon. Pilot declared 'feet wet' & crashed 10 miles from the coast. All bailed out; only Moser was recovered. (AAR is blank, marked classified) 12/05/05: Added Shaw from email info.|
|144845||7/29/1960||RA3-B||Lost at sea||VAP 62||29-37N, 80-05W||Collision with the water. During landing. A/C was high and fast and caught the #6 wire. The aircraft skipped & started a moderate porpoise, but appeared to have a normal arrestment. After 155 ft of deck run out, the hook point failed.|
|144847||1/1/1968||RA3-B||Lost, ground collision||VAP 61||30 miles from Dong Hoi||NAS Cubi Point. Night recon. A single entry, a hand written note in AAR said "pilot Dennison."
"Cubi to Oriskany, hit by ground fire over n. viet., made it 30 to sea, went in - no survivors. Crew: Dennison, Hanley, Herrin?"
|144850||1/25/1987||EA-3B||Lost, water collision||VQ 2||Not stated||ESM mission. A/C impacted the water after an unsuccessful barricade arrestment. Craig Rudolf NAVSECGRU Athens & Patrick Price NSG/NCS Rota were passengers.|
|144851||2/26/1970||EA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 2||35-53-42N, 23-59-63E||ACFT failed to obtain flying speed on catapult shot launch form USS Franklin D Roosevelt (CVA 42) and crashed into water directly ahead of the ship.|
|144851||1/1/1970||EA-3B||Damaged/repaired||VQ 2||NAS Sigonella||EA-3B was forced to divert to NAS Sigonella due to water spouts in front of the USS Roosevelt CV-42, upon arrival to Sigonella the aircraft encountered a 65+ crosswind landing with near-predictable results. Aircraft was basically blown off the runway on landing hitting the drainage ditch, collapsing the port MLG strut damaging the port engine cowling and port wing. Only minor crew injuries.
Also on board were a P/C trainee and three crewman, unknown.
|144853||11/27/1959||EA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 1||Vicinity of Wake Island during TransPac.||ARTC Wake Island heard transmission: "Will bail out in approximately 15 minutes, unable to find Wake Island". No wreakage found|
|144854||6/26/1987||EA-3B||DestroyedLost, ground collision||VQ 1||NAS Miramar||FCLP- Aircraft impacted the ground after turjing downwind subsequent to take off.|
|144855||9/19/1973||EA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 1||31-38N; 134-11E; North Philippine Sea||Enroute NAS Agana to NAS Cubi Pt. With no compass system, using DR navigation and vectors around weather, the aircraft became lost & requested HF D/F fix /steer. Crew bail out and rescued by JMSDF.|
|144861||8/27/1973||TA3-B||Lost, ground collision||RVAH 3||31-23N, 84-10W; 195 deg 12 nm from NAS Albany||Crashed approaching NAS Albany, GA. Hot oil leak. Number 1 engine failed following takeoff passing through 5000 ft. Crew bailed out.|
|144863||7/9/1974||TA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VQ 2||40-53N, 14-18W; 015 deg M, 2 nm NAF Naples.||Enroute Naples to Rota. Crashed during take off 1.5 nm from the end of the runway. The aircraft rolled to a 30 deg climbing turn. Nose fell as angle of bank continued to increase past fully inverted until impact.|
|146450||8/4/1982||EA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 1||Estimated at 11S; 73E||Lost in the Indian Ocean. Overdue for recovery. Eval recovered uninjured.|
|146454||3/16/1968||EA-3B||Landed safely||VQ 2||Ramstein AFB, Germany||Entering the Ramstein AFB landing pattern the aircraft experienced an inboard slat malfunction and became unstable. Backend crew bailed out; the pilot then gained control of the A/C and landed safely.|
|146456||1/13/1961||EA-3B||Lost, ground collision||VQ 1||125 feet east runway 01 NAS Atsugi (2230 from approach end)||Normal ASR approach. Crossed threshhold ~ 50 feet. Wave off was initiated. Left wing dropped followed by the nose and A/C collided with the ground. Taylor died in the hospital 34 minutes after crash.|
|146458||11/3/1966||EA-3B||Lost at sea||VQ 2||33-56N, 27-01E.||Pilot reported departing marshall at 220deg from CVA 62 , FL 190 at 2023. No other radio contact was made. Aircraft apparently collided with the water. CCA could not track the plane due to numerous radar targets in the area.|
|147649||6/18/1971||EKA-3B||Lost at sea||VAQ 130||18-56N, 107- 25E; 200 nm north of Da Nang.||A/C entered into a flight maneuver at FL 200 and then they fell, crashing into the water with approximate 45 deg low attitude.|
|147650||10/6/1966||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||32 -20N, 116-28W||Midair with RA-5C (RVAH 7) The KA-3B joined RA-5C on starboard wing for a section CCA penetration from marshall. During transition to landing configuration, the KA-3B hit the RA-5C's right side. The RA-5C crew successfully ejected|
|147653||11/3/1967||KA-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 8||Gulf of Tonkin||Ninty feet down the flight deck the bridle separated from A/C which then left the angled deck wings level, nose slightly low striking the water abeam the bow.|
|147654||12/12/1963||A-3B||Lost, collision with mountain||VAH 8||NAS Cubi Point||On GCA to NAS Cubi Point, A/C was too far left of centerline of the runway and was waived off. It crashed at 1900 feet level of Mt Silanguin, PI. Cdr Charles Guthrie was the pilot, Lt. Ray English the BN and ATC R Marshall the CN. No survivors.|
|147661||9/14/1961||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 6||Western Pacific, at sea||Applying full power after a wave off the A/C struck the ramp. After a second bounce the A/C became airborne the engines ceased and the plane hit the water 1000 yds ahead of the ship. Crew escaped underwater thru the broken fuselage. Rescued in 13 minutes.|
|147662||11/13/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 6||220 deg M, 22 miles from Upolo Pt. HI||Medium range strike on Kahoolawe; detached buddy (A4) and aircraft failed to make scheduled time on target and then failed to return to CVA for recovery. SAR found wreakage but no crew member|
|147664||2/24/1965||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||8 nm 180 deg T from CVA at sea||Fuel transfer system was lost due to hot air leak. Many unsuccessful attempts were made to correct transfer problem. A/C climbed to 13,000 feet and crew bailed out in an orderly manner. CVA 43 passenger couldn't actuate life vest.|
|147665||1/13/1988||KA-3B||Lost||VAK 208||Pyramid Lake, NV||1) Aircraft on low level route collided with surface of the lake.
4) LA Tme Feb. 17, 1988 article:
February 17, 1988
The body of one of three missing crew members missing since a U.S. Navy jet crashed in Nevada last month has been recovered from Pyramid Lake, the Navy said. A Navy salvage team recovered remains of the navigator, Lt. Cmdr. William B. Stanley, 36, of Oakland, a spokesman for the Alameda Naval Air Station said."
Data from Brian Adams which adds the location.
|147666||4/7/1968||EKA-3B||Landed safely||VAW 13||Off the San Diego coast.||During night carquals A/C did 3 uncontrolled snap rolls. During 2nd roll Pilot called bailout but recovered on the 3rd roll, landing safely at NAS Miramar flaming out on roll out.
The E/N had blown the O/H hatch, bailed out and rescued by the helo.
See Whale Tales for story
|147668||1/13/1962||A-3B||Lost at sea||VAH 2||Approxiamtely 135 miles NW NAS Cubi Point||Unknown. A/C never returned to the carrier and was never located.|