1964 Machida F-8 crash

The 1964 Machida F-8 crash (町田米軍機墜落事故, lit. "Machida American Military Aircraft Crash") occurred on 5 April 1964 in Machida, Tokyo, Japan. A United States Marine Corps Vought RF-8A Crusader, BuNo 146891,[1] which was returning as one half of a two-plane flight of Crusaders from Kadena Air Base, Okinawa to its home base of Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, suffered a mechanical malfunction. It subsequently crashed into a residential neighborhood in the Hara-Machida area of Machida City (near present-day JR Machida Station) in Tokyo, Japan. The other aircraft landed safely at Atsugi.

1964 Machida F-8 crash
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Three U.S. Marine Corps Vought F8U-2 (F-8C) Crusaders on the U.S. aircraft carrier USS Forrestal (CVA-59), ca. 1960.
DateApril 5, 1964
SummaryMechanical failure
SiteMachida, Tokyo, Japan
Aircraft typeVought RF-8A Crusader
OperatorUnited States Marine Corps
Flight originKadena Air Base, Okinawa
DestinationNaval Air Facility Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture
Crew1 (survived)
Fatalities4 (on ground)
Injuries32 (on ground)

The crash killed four people and injured 32 others on the ground. The stricken aircraft's pilot, Captain R. L. Bown of Seattle, Washington, successfully ejected at 5,000 feet and landed on a car, suffering minor bruises. The accident destroyed seven houses. Three of the four fatalities were caused by debris from the collapsed houses, and the fourth was from pieces of the destroyed aircraft.

Japanese media questioned why Bown was not able to steer the aircraft away from the residential area before ejecting.

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  1. ^ "F-8_Crusader_1956-1964". Archived from the original on 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2013-04-25.