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United States Marine Corps MAG 42, Det. A,

F/A‑18A Hornet


22nd June 1993

4th MAW, Jacksonville, FL
Major William Rich


During ACM Major Rich's F/A-18 Hornet suffered a dual engine failure. Unable to get engines restarted Bill Rich ejected at 1,000 feet AGL.
The crashed jet sent a fireball into the air which engulfed the parachute and vaporized the fabric.  The pilot fell to his death

Crashed KofA ["King of Arizona"*] Game Refuge, Yuma, AZ, USA 


This was the name of a mine that operated in the area, before it was bought out by the government for the wildlife refuge.

                                           photo via John Rich

Major William Rich

Details used in this Biography were  provided thanks to John Rich, Major William Rich's brother

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