February 6, 2004 |
The House Armed Services Committee, alarmed by air crashes both overseas and at home, plans to hear testimony next week on problems with the Marine Corps Harrier attack jet and other aging aircraft. Though overall military aviation safety has improved during the last decade, the number of major accidents is on the rise, committee members said. For instance, 57 aircraft were destroyed in 2002 -- more than double the previous year -- killing 61 pilots and passengers.
December 11, 2003 |
This week's crash of a Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier attack jet, the second in five days and the fifth this year, has prompted renewed concern about the accident-prone plane at the Pentagon and in Congress. Despite assurances by Marine officials to key lawmakers last January that the corps had taken steps to lower the Harrier's historically high accident rate, the five serious crashes this year are the most for the plane since 1999.
July 18, 2003 |
For the fifth time in 16 months, a Marine Corps Harrier attack jet has crashed during a training mission, reinforcing the aircraft's reputation as the most dangerous plane flown by the U.S. military. The pilot ejected from the plane late Wednesday afternoon before it plunged into the Atlantic Ocean about 40 miles off the North Carolina coastline, a Marine Corps spokesman said. 1st Lt. D.A. Shipley, 30, from Twentynine Palms, Calif.
May 16, 2003 |
An AV-8B Harrier attack jet that crashed into North Carolina's Pamlico River last year may have been felled by a tiny piece of debris left behind after mechanics repaired a fuel leak, a Marine Corps investigation has determined. The pilot ejected safely, but the $28.2-million plane was destroyed. It was one of three major accidents in 2002 involving the crash-prone Harrier, which can take off and land vertically.
April 2, 2003 |
A Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier became one of the first U.S. military jets lost during the war in Iraq, when it crashed Tuesday while on a night training mission, the U.S. Central Command here said. The Harrier was attempting to land on the U.S. amphibious assault ship Nassau in the northern Persian Gulf at 7:40 p.m. local time. The pilot, who parachuted into the water after ejecting, was listed in fair condition after being picked up by a Navy search and rescue helicopter. His name was withheld.
January 21, 2003 |
WASHINGTON -- The chairman of the House panel that funds the Pentagon said he will begin an inquiry into whether the Marine Corps' crash-prone Harrier attack jet should continue flying. Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), who heads the House Appropriations subcommittee on defense, said in an interview that he will press the Marines to justify the need for their signature jump jet and provide assurances that the aircraft's performance will not continue to be a "disaster."