Aircraft Photo of 153358 / 3358 | Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight | USA - Marines | #201338
Registration / Serial:153358
Alternate Serial:3358
Military Code:ML-431
Aircraft Original Type:Vertol V-107
Aircraft Generic Type:Boeing Vertol 107 (H-46 Sea Knight / KV107)
Aircraft Version:Boeing Vertol CH-46D Sea Knight
C/n (msn):2252
Operator / Titles:USA - Marines
Unit Markings:HMM-764
City / Airport:Santa Ana - El Toro MCAS (closed)Map
Region / Country:California, United States
Airport Codes:ICAO: KNZJ   IATA: -   Local: NZJ   Other: -
Photo Date:1 September 1987
Photo by:Stephan de Bruijn
Photo ID: 201338
Photo Comment

During a routine training flight near NAS Fallon (NV), two CH-46s from HMM-764 were executing a tactical formation flight but they came too close to eachother. One Frog turned in the formation over the other. The rotor blades of the lower helicopter chopped through the fuselage just behind the crew front door of this 153358, killing two Marines. The pilots managed to autorotate to the ground and survived. The crew in the other aircraft were uninjured. Here 153358, in the old green colours, can be seen at the flightline of El Toro.

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