April 13, 1996 |
An F-14 pilot was apparently showing off for his parents when his fighter jet crashed on takeoff Jan. 29, killing him and four other people, the Navy said Friday. Lt. Cmdr. John Stacy Bates, 33, became disoriented after a rapid, steep takeoff from Nashville's airport into a cloudy sky, said Rear Adm. Bernard Smith, who presented the results of a 2 1/2-month review. Bates' crew mate and three people on the ground died along with the pilot in the fiery crash.