November 6, 1988 |
A U.S. Marine Corps jet crashed at Maxwell Air Force Base on Saturday, but the pilot escaped serious injury by ejecting, an official said. The pilot was the only person aboard the AV-8 Harrier, also known as a "jump jet" because of its ability to take off and land vertically, base spokeswoman Darlene Cowsert said. The pilot, whose name was not disclosed, was listed in good condition at Air University Regional Hospital, where he was taken after the crash.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 21, 1990 |
The Harbor Patrol recovered a floating landing gear assembly that broke off a Yuma, Ariz.-based military jet aircraft while it was apparently operating over the Pacific Ocean, the Sheriff's Department said Saturday. The wheel assembly, the center of the intricate landing gear of an AV-8 Harrier jet fighter, was found floating in the ocean about 1 1/4 miles southwest of Newport Harbor, said Sgt. John K. Holani of the Sheriff's Department Harbor Patrol.
August 26, 1989
A U.S. Marine Corps observation plane with two crew members aboard disappeared on a practice run over the Southern California desert Thursday, prompting a search that failed to turn up any sign of the aircraft by late Friday. The OV-10A Bronco left Camp Pendleton at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and was due back three hours later, said 1st Lt. G.C. Browne, spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing headquartered in El Toro.
December 31, 1987
A Marine reconnaissance aircraft on a routine mission out of Camp Pendleton crashed in the desert near Palm Springs, killing the pilot and a crew member, Marine officials said. Names of the two Marines killed were withheld until family members are notified. The plane, an OV-10 Bronco, is a multipurpose two-seater plane used primarily for reconnaissance, including artillery and naval gunfire fire control. The two-engine propeller-driven plane is built by Rockwell International.
September 10, 1989
The burned wreckage of a military reconnaissance plane and the bodies of its two Marine pilots were discovered near the base of San Gorgonio Mountain in the San Bernardino National Forest. The remains of Marine Capt. Sergio R. Vivaldi, 29, of Port Chester, N.Y., and Lt. Joel H. Piehl, 31, of Bismark, N.D., were found near the wreckage, a Marine spokesman said.
February 4, 1990 |
A U.S. Marine pilot escaped injury after ejecting from his AV8B Harrier jet before it crashed over the Chocolate Mountains bombing range, officials said. The pilot, whose name was not released, was not hurt, but the jet was destroyed when it crashed east of El Centro Friday, said Sgt. Mark Walker, a spokesman for the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma, Ariz. The pilot and plane were attached to Marine Attack Squadron 311, which is stationed at the base.