Boron, CA Military Plane Crash, Nov 1982
TWO KILLED IN MILITARY PLANE CRASH.
By Bill Johnson
Sun Staff Writer
Boron - A military pilot and a civilian flight engineer were killed Monday when their experimental Army observation plane crashed and exploded near here, a military spokesman said.
The twin-turboprop Grumman OV-1 Mohawk was conducting standard flight maneuvers to test the effects of a missile tracking system when it crashed into the desert about 10:30 a.m. five miles east of the Boron Federal Prison on Highway 395, military officials said.
Capt. Richard Caniglia said the names of the victims, both of whom were with U.S. Army Aviation Engineering at nearby Edwards Air Force Base, were not released pending notification of their relatives.
Pilot HUGH A. LAMMONS, 32, of Yazoo City, Mississippi, a 12-year Army veteran.
Engineer JOHN D. OTTOMEYER, 28, of Lancaster, California.
Caniglia said the pilot was an Army experimental test pilot and the flight engineer a civilian with the Department of the Army.
"They were conducting standard flight test maneuvers to test performance and aircraft worthiness when the crash occurred," Caniglia said. "It was rather routine testing - what we do out here all the time. No problems were anticipated," he said.
A T-23B chase plane and a Huey helicopter were dispatched along with the Mohawk from the Aviation Engineering Flight Activity at Edwards to observe the test flight Caniglia said.
Personnel aboard the Huey, who provide air traffic control and radio communications for the test plane, saw the Mohawk develop flight problems before it crashed, Caniglia said.
Although the Mohawk was equipped with ejection seats, the pilots did not eject, Caniglia said. A board of military officers investigating the crash is attempting to determine whether the pilots attempted to use the ejection system, he added.
Deputies in a San Bernardino County sheriff's helicopter reportedly saw a column of smoke about 10:30 a.m. and flew over the crash scene, but saw no sign of life.
The only recognizable part of the aircraft, which nearly disintegrated upon impact, was the mid-section of the fuselage and its tail section.
San Bernardino County Sun California 1982-11-16