Incident McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II 148380,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 254105
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Date:Tuesday 8 May 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas F-4B Phantom II
Owner/operator:VF-101, US Navy
Registration: 148380
MSN: 65
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Oceana NAS, Virginia Beach, Virginia -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:NAS Oceana, Virginia (NTU/KNTU)
Destination airport:NAS Oceana, Virginia (NTU/KNTU)
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
F4H-1 (F-4B-6-MC) Phantom II/Bu.No 148380; Delivered early 1962 to US Navy Squadron, VF-101. Written off (destroyed) May 8 1962: Ran out of fuel and crashed on approach to NAS Oceana, Virginia Beach, VA. Both crew ejected safely.
I was the first person on scene. I was coming back to NAS Oceana to muster for my "Night Check" shift with VU-2. I saw a large cloud of dust ahead. As I rounded the bend in the road, I saw the F4 perhaps 200 ft off the road setting in the sandy soil. I could tell it had just crashed short of the runway. I could see both canopies were shut. The airframe was sitting flat on the deck. Either wheels up or buried in the sand. I ran to the Port side and looked into the for and aft cockpits. There were no pilots ! People were stopping and beginning to approach. I identifed myself as Navy and kept everyone back. I thought about pulling the lanyard to blow the canopies but hesitated. While I knew ever rivet of the F8 the F4 was NEW to the base. When I heard a chopper coming to the scene I left and raced to make muster. I was told later both MB seats had detached from their aft bulkhead mooring points and both of the crew were thrown into the Inst Panel. PS- To this day I still estimate the odds at 50-50 that had I stayed on scene to assist whether I would have been marked AWOL or been thanked. J Muffett, AT2



Revision history:

30-Apr-2021 11:15 ASN archive Added
14-Jun-2022 17:49 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
13-Dec-2023 13:46 excessor Updated [Narrative]

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