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Crash Photos *Caution, some disturbing images*

150685 (c/n 282-3728) crashed and damaged beyond repair at MCAS El Toro, CA Jul 30, 1970.

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150685 (c/n 282-3728) crashed and damaged beyond repair at MCAS El Toro, CA Jul 30, 1970.
Crashed and damaged beyond repair at MCAS El Toro, CA JUL 30TH 1970, coming to rest some 50 yards from Air Force One. 1 immediate fatality, 4 survivors were admitted to Orange County Medical Center under critical condition. Crashed during a misjudged maximum effort landing - wings broke, fuselage ended up overturned, burned. Crew: Maj. Walter Zythewicz - Pilot, died August 7th, 1970 from his injuries. Capt. Robert B. Walls Jr - Pilot, died August 8th, 1970 from his injuries. Capt. Roger W. Mullins - Pilot, died in the crash. SSgt. Kenneth C. Davis - Flight Engineer, the only survivor, passed away in 2013. Cpl. Kenneth W. Metzdorf, died August 5th, 1970.
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3 Comments

Alan Stinar
11:04 PM on August 9, 2015 
Mike says...
I was in 352 when '685 crashed, and helped on the cleanup of that crash. Actually there were 5 Marines aboard. 3 died in the crash, 1 died several days later. There was only 1 survivor - the crew chief.

Thank you Mike, I have updated the caption for the photo. I've recently acquired access to information databases that helped me confirm the exact dates.
Mike
12:52 PM on August 9, 2015 
I was in 352 when '685 crashed, and helped on the cleanup of that crash. Actually there were 5 Marines aboard. 3 died in the crash, 1 died several days later. There was only 1 survivor - the crew chief.
Pat Farmer
8:06 PM on October 23, 2013 
I was working the Tower the day that 685 requested an obstacle approach while on downwind for R/W 34. Was granted, and a/c made a high rapid descent to 34L. Appeared to flare late, hit hard, bounced, then dropped the left wing and flipped, skidding towards midfield. It was so engulfed in flames, I still wonder how anyone got out! Sad day!