Tuesday, August 24, 2010

45 Years Ago Today Schuylkill County Lost A Marine

Marine Lance Corporal David C. Ney

The Actual Date Was August 24, 1965
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USMC KC-130F BuNo 149802, c/n 3693, of VMGR-152, MAG-15, veered off runway on take-off from Kai Tak Airport, Hong Kong and hit seawall, and crashed into the sea. No. 1 propeller reversed. This was the first Hercules hull loss in Marine Corps service. It was carrying Marine personnel returning to Vietnam after R & R in Hong Kong - of six crew and 65 passengers, 59 were killed while flying.  This is the worst accident at Kai Tak. The airport was relocated to Chek Lap Kok in 1998.

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