Skyhawk A4G N13-154910 (889)

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Brief aircraft history:

  • Delivered to RAN 11/67. Unloaded from HMAS Melbourne onto Navy barge in Jervis Bay 23/11/67 then by road to Nowra.
  • With VF805 01/06/68.
  • Crashed 08/11/73, Catapult failure while launching from MELBOURNE during multinational exercise near Singapore. SBLT Barry Evans remained in the aircraft while the ship passed overhead and freed himself underwater. Picked up by helicopter.

Loss of 889

For video of ditching and interview with SBLT Evans, click here

For transcript of short accident reports by CO, Pilot, Flight Deck Officer and Flight Deck Engineering Officer click here.