Hampton, VA Midair Bomber Collision, June 1966




Hampton, Va., (AP) -- Officials said today they were convinced there were no more dead or injured in the rubble of a suburban neighborhood devastated by the flaming crash of a Marine Corps attack bomber hurtling from an in-flight collision.
Police said two persons -- a 30 year old mother, MARY GALLANT and her 19-month-old son DONALD -- died. Forty-four persons were treated for injuries, mainly burns. Ten remained hospitalized.
Sixty persons were left homeless in the total destruction of 10 houses and damage to 17 others.

None Reported Missing.
Hampton Police Chief L. H. Nicholson said, "We have gone through all the destroyed and damaged houses and found no additional bodies. I don't believe we will find any more. We have no reports of missing persons."
Nicholson and Fire Marshall F. F. Hopkins both used the same terms to describe their feelings about the light loss of life in such a densely populated area -- "miraculous."
The two-seater A6 Intruder light bomber plowed into the development at 8:57 p.m. Monday night. Seconds earlier, it had collided at 400 miles an hour with another Intruder at 2,000 feet. The other plane fell into Chesapeake Bay.

Path Clearly Marked.
The evidence of the plane's path was clearly marked. The jet swept in on a northeast heading, clipped a 50-foot oak tree at midpoint and sheared off a side of the GALLANT'S shingle cottage.
The bodies of MRS. GALLANT and her son were found in the kitchen.
All of the four Marines aboard the two aircraft ejected safely and landed near the second bomber in Chesapeake Bay off Norfolk. Three were picked up by a Coast Guard helicopter, the fourth by a private boat.
The crash occurred not far from the sprawling Fordham shopping center and the homes of many Air Force and Army men from nearby Langley Air Force Base and Ft. Monroe.

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