Boeing-Vertol CH-46F

This model is a version of 107M H-46 Sea Knight

c/n 2588

Year 1970 to 1986

Helicopter Boeing-Vertol CH-46F Serial 2588 Register 157689 used by US Marine Corps. Built 1970. Aircraft history and location


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1970-04-23BV-107M, c/n 2588, ff?
accepted BuWepsRep, FR, Morton, PA as CH-46F 157689 23Apr70
xfer HMM-264 06May70
xfer H&MS-26 15Sep71
xfer HMM-162 20Oct71
xfer H&MS-26 16Jun72
xfer HMT-204 15Jan73
further unit xfers unk
conv CH-46E unk
unit xfers unk
conv HMM-162, YS-07, unk
w/o 29Aug86. HMM-162
1986-08-29Aoff Bodø22 onboard. 9 died including Corporal Rory Fowler (Crew Chief) and Captain Dale Elzey (Pilot). The crash was considered a result of a SAS systems failure. The aircraft landed starboard nose down, then fell off of the deck of the USS Saipan into the North Sea off the coast of Bodo, Norway. The back half of the aircraft was recovered on the scene, although the nose of the aircraft was believed to have sank to the bottom. The Co-Pilot Lt. Mauzey and a new Crew Chief survived, both with injuries
It did not hit the deck of USS Saipan. It launched, was over the water, had mech issue, tried to return to the flight deck, but struck another aircraft(a CH-53A/D), that was on the flight deck about mid ship, then fell to the water on the port side of the USS Saipan. Only some of the rear section of the CH-46 was recovered, not a complete rear section.

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