KTVU: Crane Accident At Navy Base Damages Refurbished Vintage Jet, June 15, 2011


An unusual accident at the Alameda Naval Station Tuesday seriously damaged a newly restored jet that has been on display for over 40 years when the crane lifting the aircraft toppled over.

The A-4 Skyhawk jet greeted visitors to the Alameda Naval Station from 1969 until it was removed from its display stand for the recent restoration work.

The 42-ton crane was lifting the 5,500-pound aircraft back onto its pylon Tuesday afternoon when suddenly the crane tilted and crashed, dropping the plane to the ground.