This early Navy jet gets too low and slow, slamming into the deck with devastating results
, Lt Cmdr. Jay Alkire of VF-124 lost his life in that crash. He was stunned and badly injured from the impact, when the aircraft fell off the port side of the USS Hancock and rapidly sank with Alkire still strapped in his ejection seat. Along with Alkire, two aviation boatswain's mates and one of the photographer's mates recording the accident was also killed by burning jet fuel in the deckside walkway.
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