More detail on this person: CAPT. ROY R. DOUGHERTY Call Sign: Shank 47 Died: Oct.9,1974
The landing gear of Dougherty's AV-8A Harrier collapsed on touchdown at the Marine corps Air Station at Cherry Point, N.C. The plane skidded off the runway and flipped into a drainage ditch, where it burst into flames.
As the plane flipped over, the ejection seat was thrown from the cockpit and slammed to the ground with Dougherty still strapped in. He was flown by helicopter to the base hospital, where he died two hours after the crash. He was 30 years old. He had been assigned to the Harrier for just two months and it was only his third training flight. He left behind a pregnant wife and a 3-year-old son.
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