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Mishaps.

On 26 October 2009, an AH-1 Cobra assigned to HMLA-367 and a UH-1 Huey assigned to HMLA-169, both with MAG-39 and I MEF, collided while on missions over the southern province of Helmand in Afghanistan. Four Marines were killed, and two were wounded.

On 28 October 2009, a T-34C Turbomentor assigned to VT-28 ofTW-4 based out of NAS Corpus Christi, Texas, went down approximately 1.5 miles off the coast of Matagorda Island. The Coast Guard recovered the bodies of both pilots.

On 29 October 2009, a Marine Corps AH-1W Super Cobra with MAG-39 based at Camp Pendleton, Calif., collided with a Coast Guard C-130 Hercules off the coast of San Clemente Island. All nine crew members of the two aircraft perished.

On 23 January, a T-34 Turbomaster went down in Lake Pontchartrain while on approach to Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. The aircraft was assigned to VT-6 with TW-5 at NAS Whiting Field. The student pilot survived and was treated for moderate injuries. The body of the instructor pilot was recovered on 27 January.

On 18 February, an MH-60S Nighthawk assigned to HSC-26 based at NAS Norfolk crashed on the side of a mountain in West Virginia in more than four feet of snow. The helicopter was participating in Operation Southern Trooper, an annual training exercise. All 17 crewmembers and passengers were rescued successfully.

On 10 March, a Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornet assigned to VMFA-222 developed a dual-engine fire and crashed in the Atlantic approximately 30 miles east of St. Helena Island. Both pilots ejected safely and were rescued by the Coast Guard.

On 15 March, two single-seat F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft were involved in a mid-air collision while on a routine training mission flying in the Fallon Range Training Complex in Nevada. Neither pilot was injured. Both aircraft are assigned to VFA-137 based at NAS Lemoore, Calif.

On 31 March, an E-2C Hawkeye from VAW-121 on USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) crashed in the North Arabian Sea when returning from a mission over Afghanistan. After losing oil pressure in the starboard engine, the pilot managed to keep the aircraft aloft long enough for his three crewmen to bail out. The pilot was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

On 12 April, a T-39N Sabreliner crashed near Ellijay, Ga. Rescue crews recovered all four bodies from the crash. The aircraft was assigned to VT-86 of TW-6 based out of NAS Pensacola, and was conducting a routine cross-country training mission.

On 10 June, A Navy T-45C Goshawk training jet assigned to TW-2 ran off the end of the runway at NAS Kingsville. The pilot ejected safely and was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

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Title Annotation:details of aircraft assigned
Author:Babb, Colin E.
Publication:Naval Aviation News
Geographic Code:9AFGH
Date:Jun 22, 2010
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