A USMC pilot was killed at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina when the landing gear of his AV-8A Harrier collapsed upon landing causing his aircraft to skid off the runway and burst into flames.
A USMC pilot was killed near Bennetsville, SC when his AV-8A Harrier crashed while trying to help locate a comrade who had just successfully ejected from his own AV-8A which had lost power because of a mechanical problem.
16 December 1976
A USMC pilot was killed when his AV-8A Harrier crashed into the Sea of Japan during a training flight.
6 April 1977
A USMC pilot was killed at Beaufort, SC as he set out to practice a vertical takeoff while heavy crosswinds battered the runway.
12 July 1977
A USMC pilot was killed when his AV-8A crashed into the Atlantic during a demonstration for several high-ranking government officials, including Navy Secretary Graham Claytor Jr. and Bert Lance, then director of the Office of Management and Budget who were observing from the carrier Saratoga.
26 July 1977
A USMC pilot was killed when his AV-8A Harrier descended into the Bay River in the rain and exploded.
6 September 1977
A USMC pilot was killed at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada when his AV-8A Harrier flew into a mountainside during a bombing training run.
2 October 1978
A USMC pilot was killed when his AV-8A Harrier crashed in the Chocolate Mountains east of California's Salton Sea during a bombing training run. He flew into the ground inverted.
10 October 1979
at EAF Twentynine Palms, MCAGCC Twentynine Palms, lifted off about 100' and dropped into the aluminum runway; pilot went down with aircraft but suffered only a broken nose.
12 October 1979
A USMC pilot was killed during a training flight over the Atlantic just off Cape Lookout, NC. His AV-8A Harrier hit the water at a steep angle and high speed.
RAF GR3 (XW765) abandoned after bird strike over Dyfed, Wales.
14 October 1980
RAF GR3 (XV792) rolled over and crashed while in the hover at RAF Gutersloh due to fatigue in a control rod from the starboard aileron to the starboard roll reaction shutter. Pilot ejected at ~100 ft with aircraft in 80-90 degree of bank but seat was outside its performance envelope.
28 October 1980
RAF GR3 (XV761) abandoned over Germany following bird strike.
1 December 1980
RN Sea Harrier (XZ454) hit ramp of HMS Invincible with starboard outrigger after attempting to hover with full fuel carrying BBC cameras. Pilot ejected safely.
22 May 1981
RAF GR3 (XZ139) of No. 3 Squadron abandoned near Sogel, West Germany after tailplane control rod disconnected.
26 May 1981
RAF GR3 (XW923) of No. 1417 Flight crashed into trees after failing to gain height during vertical takeoff at Belize Airport.
14 July 1981
RAF GR3 (XV807) flew into tree near Georgeville, Belize.
12 February 1982
RAF GR3 (XZ973) of 233 Operational Conversion Unit flew into hill near Corwen, Wales.
4 May 1982
Royal Navy Sea Harrier FRS1 (XZ450) crashed after being hit by 35mm cannon shells during a photographic sortie after earlier bombing raids on Goose Green airstrip, pilot killed.
RAF T4 (XW272) flew into trees on take-off at Nergen-Hohne ranges, West Germany.
6 November 1982
RAF GR3 (XW767) abandoned following engine failure and crashed in sea off Falklands Island.
23 February 1983
RAF GR3 (XV795) and T2 (XW926) collided over Cambridgeshire.
22 March 1983
RAF GR3 (XV787) abandoned over Falkland Islands after engine flame out.
3 May 1983
RAF GR3 (XZ134) of No. 3 lost power during take off and crashed at Stormede, West Germany.
28 October 1983
RAF GR3 (XV742) of 233 Operational Conversion Unit flew into the sea on Holbeach range.
19 November 1983
RAF GR3 (XV762) flew into high ground in Falkland Islands.
3 June 1984
RAF GR3 (XZ135) of No. 4 Squadron crashed after catching fire in the hover during a flying display at Grossostheim.
29 November 1984
RAF GR3 (XZ993) of No. 1453 Flight abandoned after bird strike at Port Stanley, Falkland Islands.
18 February 1985
RAF T4 (XW933) of No. 3 Squadron collided with Germany Air Force F-104G over Bad Rothenfelde, West Germany.
19 November 1985
RAF GR3 (XW922) of No. 233 Operational Conversion Unit rolled and was damaged during vertical landing at RAF Wittering.
17 June 1986
RAF GR3 (XW916) of No. 233 Operational Conversion Unit was abandoned following an electrical failure on approach to Yeovilton.
28 June 1986
RAF GR3 (XW769) abandoned when control was lost in hover at Chievres.
22 October 1987
BAe GR5 (ZD325) lost over the sea while on a pre-delivery test flight from BAe Dunsfold. The pilot was inadvertently removed from the cockpit by the seat separation drogue gun, leaving the Harrier to fly un-manned with the broken canopy attached. The aircraft was intercepted by a passing USAF Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, to check for signs of life, before crashing in the Atlantic Ocean off the Irish coast, due to fuel exhaustion.
2 November 1987
Two RAF GR3s (XV790 and XZ136) collided over Otterburn ranges.
20 May 1988
RAF GR3 (XV809) hit trees following loss of control after entering clouds on take off at RAF Gutersloh.
18 August 1988
RAF GR3 (XW921) of No. 3 Squadron crashed into wood near RAF Gutersloh after engine fire on takeoff.
20 June 1989
RAF T4 (XW925) of No. 4 Squadron abandoned after loss of control at RAF Gutersloh.
A USMC pilot was killed after he flew into a 200-foot-thick cloud at the start of a short trip back to base at Cherry Point, North Carolina when his AV-8A Harrier simply went into the water without explanation.
1 May 1980
A USMC pilot was killed during a vertical takeoff at Cherry Point, North Carolina. Considered one of the most spectacular crashes in Harrier history, his plane rolled, dropped to the runway, bounced into a ditch, burst into flames, flipped, slid through a hangar and into a parking lot, where it damaged 20 vehicles – without explanation.
19 January 1981
A USMC pilot was killed while practicing a vertical takeoff at Cherry Point, North Carolina. He was the new commanding officer and wanted to be familiar with every plane under his new command. Investigation concluded that he had stayed with the plane too long trying to save it and had ejected too late.
26 June 1981
A USMC pilot was killed during a demonstration flight being viewed by the amphibious assault ship, Tarawa. On the second pass his AV-8A Harrier narrowly missed the ship and went into the water without explanation. Given his extensive experience with the craft, investigators decided that the presence of his fiancee on the Tarawa somehow caused the crash.
3 December 1981
A USMC pilot was killed on the next to last day of a month-long training exercise in California when his AV-8A Harrier crashed in the desert during a practice bombing run near Twentynine Palms. Investigation was inconclusive, but he had previously reported/complained that the radar altimeter was inoperative.
26 January 1982
A USMC pilot was killed in a training flight in Yuma, AZ when a fuel tank imbalance (2800 pounds on left, 1200 pounds on right) resulted in a crash during his emergency landing attempt. That AV-8A had experienced fuel tank problems twice previously, but the mechanical problem had not been properly resolved before this flight.
5 March 1982
A USMC pilot died the day after he crashed at Cherry Point, North Carolina while attempting to land his AV-8A Harrier, cause undetermined.
24 September 1982
A USMC pilot was killed when his AV-8A Harrier crashed into the North Sea near Germany shortly after he took off from a ship during a training exercise. Navy officials said they cannot find the investigative reports on the incident.
1 December 1982
A USMC pilot was killed during a practice bombing run at MCAS Yuma. The cause of the accident is not known.
27 April 1983
A USMC pilot was killed due to a jammed control stick during vertical takeoff from Cherry Point, North Carolina. The student ejected safely. The TAV-8A had crashed previously and been rebuilt. A metal hose adapter had been left beneath the cockpit floorboard and caused the stick to jam.
25 April 1985
A USMC pilot was killed while practicing dog fighting maneuvers at Fallon NAS when his AV-8A Harrier could not recover from being banked severely.
12 August 1987
A USMC pilot and a flight surgeon were killed when the pilot's seat unexpectedly ejected during a training flight over Pamlico County, North Carolina. The flight surgeon then ejected himself, but too late and hit the ground before the parachute could deploy.
1 March 1988
A USMC pilot was killed during an air-to-air combat training run. His plane crashed in the Neuse River near Cherry Point, North Carolina.
13 July 1988
A USMC pilot was killed seconds after takeoff from Cherry Point, North Carolina when his flaps malfunctioned due to an electrical short.
3 May 1989
A USMC pilot was killed during a short takeoff, a complicated maneuver for an inexperienced pilot. The AV-8A Harrier's nozzles were reportedly not set properly for the maneuver, followed by ejecting too late.
RAF GR3 (XW927) was damaged beyond repair in a heavy landing at RAF Gutersloh.
14 May 1992
RAF GR3 (XZ990) crashed at RAF Wittering after loss of engine power in hover.
24 November 1993
An RAF GR7 crashed due to mechanical failure, in northern Iraq during a patrol as part of Operation Northern Watch. After safely ejecting from his crippled Harrier the pilot was rescued by a US helicopter, approximately 100 miles inside Iraq, and returned to Incirlik.
A USMC pilot was killed on a training flight from Kadena Air Base on Okinawa to Osan Air Base in South Korea. His AV-8B harrier fell from 35,800 feet, sliced through a cloud bank and disappeared into the water without explanation. Neither plane nor pilot was ever found.
A USMC pilot was killed during a low-altitude flight over a dense North Carolina forest after ejecting from his AV-8B Harrier. He hit the trees before his parachute opened.
18 January 1991
A USMC AV-8B is shot down by anti-aircraft artillery.
22 January 1991
A USMC pilot was killed conducting a training mission during the Persian Gulf War when he smashed into the Omani coastline while approaching the deck of the amphibious assault ship Nassau for a landing.
9 February 1991
A USMC AV-8B is shot down by a surface-to-air missile.
23 February 1991
A USMC AV-8B is shot down by a surface-to-air missile over Kuwait, pilot is killed.
27 February 1991
A USMC AV-8B is shot down on the final day of the Persian Gulf War by anti-aircraft artillery, pilot (Woody) is killed.
11 November 1991
A USMC pilot was killed after he steered away from the Spanish village of Villagarcía de la Torre and ejected with the plane upside down. His parachute broke away before he reached the ground. The investigation determined that a problem with the ailerons caused the crash but offered no explanation for the parachute failure.
29 June 1992
The pilot from VMA-214 was killed after his parachute veered into the fireball created at the Davenport Municipal Airport in Iowa when his AV-8B Harrier exploded at the end of the runway during an aborted takeoff attempt.
16 August 1992
A USMC pilot was killed while simulating bombing runs in the desert of Kuwait. Cause not determined.
19 August 1992
A USMC pilot was killed during a training flight that began at Cherry Point, North Carolina when his AV-8B Harrier crashed in shallow water in Pamlico Sound. Cause not determined.
A USMC pilot disappeared at night over the Indian Ocean 140 miles off the coast of Somalia. A three-week search for the pilot and plane ended without success.
18 September 1995
A USMC pilot was killed during a night training run in North Carolina when his AV-8B Harrier clipped another Harrier in the formation and crashed into the Neuse River.
16 February 1996
A USMC pilot was killed shortly after takeoff from Cherry Point, North Carolina when his AV-8B was apparently struck by lightning.
7 October 1996
A USMC pilot was killed during a training mission over California's Chocolate Mountains when three bombs, all with expired fuses, detonated prematurely aboard his AV-8B.
22 April 1998
A USMC pilot was killed after ejection during a training flight over the Imperial Valley when his AV-8B Harrier engine failed. His seat rotated out of position and his parachute harness straps fatally snapped against his helmet.
A USMC pilot was killed after his AV-8B Harrier lost power over Death Valley National Park. He ejected but hard landed in rocky terrain and died of a head injury. Power loss was found to be due to a wrong-sized washer having been installed. The problem had been discovered three years before, but his plane was among those not yet inspected for it.
RAF GR7 (ZD464) crashed into sea, while hovering during a performance at the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, Suffolk. The pilot ejected before crashing into sea and was later rescued by a lifeboat. The pilot pulled the throttle lever the wrong way, causing a sudden loss of power and altitude; the crash was caught on video.
5 December 2002
RN T8 crashed on take off at RAF Wittering, Cambridgeshire. One pilot killed
14 October 2005
RAF GR7A was destroyed and another damaged in a rocket attack by Taliban forces while parked on the tarmac at Kandahar. No one was injured in the attack. The damaged Harrier was repaired at the airfield while the destroyed one was replaced by another fighter which flew out from Britain on the same evening.
An RAF GR7 crashed at around 1.50pm near the village of Ashwell, in an unpopulated area of Rutland, after the pilot ejected shortly before landing at RAF Cottesmore.
14 May 2009
A British Harrier GR9A jet crashed in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said. The pilot is believed to have suffered only minor injuries when he ejected from the aircraft after it came down at Kandahar airfield at about 10:30am local time. It is believed there were no other casualties. It is thought that the RAF pilot ejected after he could not land the aircraft properly. The landing gear was not fully extended.
US Marine Corps TAV-8B Harrier II from VMAT-203, crashed while on a training mission in southern Arizona, with both pilots ejecting safely.
29 December 2008
US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier with VMAT-203 crashed in an unpopulated area approximately one mile east of the air station near NC Highway 101, killing the pilot. The crash occurred while returning from a routine training flight.
US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed in an unpopulated area of the Ocala National Forest in Florida.
29 March 2011
US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier deployed with 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard amphibious assault ship USS Boxer (LHD-4) crashed into the water during takeoff for a routine training flight while operating in the Arabian Sea.
25 July 2012
A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier crashed shortly after take off for a routine training flight over an unpopulated area near Felicity, CA
14 September 2012
Militants breached the perimeter of the sprawling Camp Bastion base in Helmand province of southern Afghanistan in the September 2012 Camp Bastion raid, destroying six US Harrier AV8B aircraft and damaging a further 2. Three aircraft refuelling stations and a number of aircraft hangars were also badly damaged. The offensive took place near an airfield on the northeast side of the base, which houses US forces in Camp Leatherneck. The attack also claimed the lives of two US marines.
9 May 2014
A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed in an unpopulated area of the desert south of Phoenix, AZ.
4 June 2014
A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier jet crashed into California homes, pilot ejected safely.
6 May 2016
A US Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier, from Marine Attack Squadron 542, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina circa 17:05 hours. The pilot ejected safely and was rescured.