CW2 Robert G Ausness was a potential VHPA member who died after his tour in Vietnam on 01/17/1979 from Mid-air
Flight Class 67-23
Served in the U.S. Army
Served in Vietnam with 281 AHC in 68-69
This information was provided by Rick Freeman, Bill Pullam, 904-939-2363

More detail on this person: HH-52 mid air with a Bell 47 at Opa Locka Coast Guard Air Station in Miami, FL.Date of incident: 17 January 1979

Crash related deaths: LT Robert G. Ausness (CG Aviator #1609), LT Robert C. Shearer, Jr. (CG Aviator #1776), AM1 Robert E. McClain, AD3 Jeffrey B. Case

Air Station the aircraft and/or crew were assigned to: Air Station Miami, FL

Aircraft type and Coast Guard tail number: Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard, 1376 *

Location of the incident: Opa Locka Airport, FL

Description of the incident: This helicopter crew was involved in a midair collision during their landing descent with a civilian helicopter in a takeoff climb. Both aircraft had been cleared by the tower along parallel flight paths, but were not advised of each other. There were no survivors.

This information was last updated 05/18/2016

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