AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS: ANACAPA ISLAND

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ANACAPA ISLAND FATAL AIRPLANE ACCIDENTS:

DATE AIRCRAFT IDENTIFICATION FATALITIES LOCATION CIRCUMSTANCES
1944 Grumman TBF Avenger three fatalities West Anacapa Island Two Navy bombers of four participating in a training exercise over Anacapa Island collided midair. One went down on the back side of the island and was never found. The other hit the ocean on the front side of middle Anacapa and sank to the bottom. Between the two planes, three crewmen were killed.
1945 Grumman F4F Avenger West Anacapa Island Crashed near Anacapa Island during World War II. The plane wreck lies north of the gap between East and Middle islands in about 120 feet of water.
October 20, 1983 Cessna 150M N714PR pilot killed off Anacapa Island Pilot made a low pass over a fishing boat before entering the water near Anacapa Island.

NTSB REPORT

January 5, 1989 Cessna 172M N61587 John F. Thompson, pilot West Anacapa Island The pilot crashed into West Anacapa Island. The wreck was not located until January 24, after which it was removed from the island.

FAA ACCIDENT REPORT

January 31, 2000 McDonnell Douglas MD-83 N963AS 2 pilots; 3 crew; 83 passengers 2.7 miles north of Anacapa Island Alaska Airlines Flight 261, en route to San Francisco from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Catastrophic mechanical failure was the cause of the crash.

FAA ACCIDENT REPORT

Grumman TBF Avenger came to its final resting place on a sandy bottom carpeted with brittle stars about 120 feet down off Anacapa Island in 1944.
Grumman F4F Avenger off Anacapa Island, 1945 crash

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