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Carrier Plane Crashes in Pacific: Two Die, One Missing, One Survivor Found

June 6, 1988

SAN DIEGO (AP) _ An anti-submarine warfare plane crashed shortly after takeoff from the USS Enterprise in the Pacific Ocean, killing two crewmen, leaving one lost and injuring the fourth, the Navy announced Monday.

The S-3 Viking jet crashed Sunday afternoon, during routine flight operations 200 miles southeast of Hong Kong, according to a statement from North Island Naval Air Station at San Diego.

Killed were Commander Robert A. Anderson of North Island-based Air Anti- Submarine Warfare Squadron 21, and crewman David E. Stenstrom, of Rochester, Minn. Anderson’s family lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.

A search failed to locate Lt. Charles H. Roy of San Diego, who was presumed lost at sea when the search was halted, the Navy said.

Lt. William Kelly Henderson, hometown unavailable, was treated for leg and back injuries.

Squadron 21 is one of two North Island-based squadrons aboard the Enterprise.

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