Wed, Sep 21, 2005
Two On Board Lost
Two crewmembers were killed Wednesday when their US Navy S-3
Viking crashed on the base at NAS Jacksonville.
"There was a large flash, like lightning, only brighter. Then we
heard a big 'kaboom,'" witness Donna Wells told WJXT Television
News. "Just a few minutes later, a big cloud of black smoke came up
over the trees."
The aircraft went down on the edge of NAS JAX at approximately
1200 local. A Navy official told the station that the S-3B was on
approach to NAS JAX when it crashed. The aircraft and crew were
attached to Sea Control Squadron 32 -- "The Maulers."
Another witness said the aircraft had been flying extremely low
with its engines running rough. Eric Cook of Ortega told WJXT the
aircraft was already trailing smoke when it banked in an attempt to
make the field.
Other witnesses said they spotted two parachutes indicating the
flight crew ejected before the aircraft impacted the ground, but
that wasn't confirmed. Identities of the crewmembers hasn't been
released, pending notification of their next of kin.
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