Helicopter Sikorsky HSS-2 Sea King Serial 61-229 Register 151526 used by US Navy (United States Naval Aviation). Aircraft history and location
Written off 1980
HS-6 w/o 23jul80 HS-6
|w/o 23jul80 |
Aircraft was making a pax run with 7 pax and 3 or 4 crew. Lost tail rotor authority. With an F-14 Turning behind the JBD, the pilot was able to drift the aircraft off the port side, ripping the fresnel sense system off and sat down on the water. her floats did not deploy and the wake from the ship caused her to turn over, tossing rotor debris onto the deck. The skipper launched the starboard motor whaleboat at speed and it capsized as well. While this was going on an A6 crew was being recovered from about 26 miles away after ejecting. To the best of my knowledge, with the exception of minor injuries, there was no loss of life. BZ to all.