Captain Michael D. Geragosian
On December 10, 1999 Capt. Michael D. Geragosian, USAF died in an aircraft accident as a passenger on a C-130 landing at Al Jaber Airfield, Kuwait.
Mike was in Special Operations as a Special Operations helicopter pilot while stationed at Eglin AFB, and flew Special Operations Missions during Desert Storm Combat Operations. At the time of his death he was assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. His commanding officer is Lt. Col. Joseph Callahan III.
Following is the story of the accident, as reported by the USAF.
WASHINGTON (AFPN) -- Three Air Force people died as a result of injuries sustained when the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft in which they were flying was damaged attempting to land at a Kuwaiti air base at 2:50 a.m. (local Kuwait time) Dec. 10. Seventeen more AF members were injured in the incident. The aircrew aborted the landing and diverted for an emergency landing at Kuwait City International Airport. Eighty-six passengers and eight crewmembers were aboard.
Killed were: Capt. Michael D. Geragosian, 66th Rescue Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.; Airman 1st Class Benjamin T. Hall, 90th Transportation Squadron, F.E. Warren AFB, Wyo.; and Airman 1st Class Warren T. Willis, 55th Transportation Squadron, Offutt AFB, Neb.
Twelve of the injured were treated in local hospitals and released. Still hospitalized are: 1st Lieutenant Michael J. Jones, 314th Comptroller Squadron, Little Rock AFB, Ark.; Master Sgt. Allen E. Alston, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Shaw AFB, S.C.; Tech. Sgt. Eugene A. Mellott, 43rd Communications Squadron, Pope AFB, N.C.; Senior Airman Trebor A. Merriman, 37th Transportation Squadron, Lackland AFB, Texas; Airman 1st Class Andrew C. Doss, 43rd Supply Squadron, Pope AFB.
The C-130, assigned to the 61st Airlift Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., was carrying U.S. military personnel to locations throughout Kuwait when the aircrew declared an in-flight emergency.