The aircraft was part of a two-ship flight of Crusaders returning to Atsugi from Kadena. The other aircraft landed safely at Atsugi. The crash destroyed seven houses. Three of the four fatalities were killed by debris in the collapsed houses and the fourth was killed by pieces of the crashed aircraft. The mishap aircraft's pilot, Captain R. L. Bown of Seattle, Washington, landed on a car after ejecting at 5,000 feet and suffered bruising. Japanese media questioned why Bown was not able to steer the aircraft away from the residential area before ejecting.