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A-6 Bureau number 159572 soon after built and assigned to the Marine Corp

Missing Navy A-6 Intruder found after crashing 26 years ago.
 
Last update May 25, 2016
 
After 18 intense months, the search for the lost Intruder is over. On October 16th and 17th, Maritime Documentation Society (MDS) technical divers positively identified the missing Navy attack jet. Peter Hunt located the site after meticulously researching the incident and narrowing down the probable water impact zone to one-half a square mile. He then searched the area with a recreational, Dragonfly sonar/depth sounder for twenty hours before finding the contact. It is located in Rosario Strait off of Whidbey Island, Washington.

The wreckage is strewn over several hundred feet, but the center of the debris field is concentrated sufficiently to indicate that the jet was relatively intact when it sank. Since then, salt water has caused the fuselage to fall apart.
 
Peter Hunt flew this exact A-6 Intruder, bureau number 159572, both from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island and the U.S.S. Ranger during his time in the active duty Navy. The Intruder's crew ejected safely on November 6, 1989, after experiencing a total hydraulic failure. The Navy mounted a search effort to find and salvage the jet to determine the exact cause of the hydraulic failure that caused the $30 million dollar jet (in 1989 dollars) to crash. After spending almost three months searching thirty square miles with four ships, the Navy gave up. Peter Hunt and Ben Griner spent the spring and summer of 2014 utilizing side-scan sonar to find the missing jet but were also unsuccessful.
 
Ten total contact identification dives were made before the lost Intruder was finally found. Hunt participated on three of the dives but had to bow out of those beyond 150 feet due to Parkinson's disease. One year ago, Hunt underwent Deep Brain Stimulation surgery. Although the procedure was successful in that it lessened the effects of the worst of the Parkinson's symptoms, the surgery limits him to a theoretical 33-foot deep diving maximum.

Maritime Documentation Society divers staged their underwater work from Peter Hunt's boat, the Sea Hunt. Three dives have been made to the site so far. The A-6 is in over 200-feet of water in an area of high current (up to four knots) and severely limited visibility. On the last dive to the site, one diver experienced an unearned decompression sickness hit, forcing a helicopter evacuation to Virginia Mason in Seattle. After four treatments in the recompression chamber, the diver has recovered completely.
 
A-6 159572 is one of two unrecovered Intruders in Puget Sound; the second reportedly crashed short of the airfield in Dugualla Bay on the east side of Whidbey Island in 1967. Dugualla Bay is shallow with extensive mud flats on both east and west sides.
 
Peter Hunt is putting the finishing touches on a book about the remarkable search and discovery and how the project helped him navigate some of Parkinson's harshest symptoms.
 
 
 

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J52 jet engine from A-6 Buno 159572 (photo adapted from Dan Warter video)

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Main landing gear of A-6 Buno 159572 (photo adapted from Dan Warter video)

Future plans for the lost Intruder

The Navy has been informed of the find and the appropriate information forwarded to the responsible parties in charge of submerged Navy aircraft and shipwrecks. The lost Intruder project intends to continue to explore the site and document the locations of as much of the debris field as can be identified. The project has no intention of raising or disturbing any part of the lost Intruder.

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Peter Hunt, summer 2015

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Project dive team Rob Wilson, Paul Hangartner, and Dan Warter. Peter Hunt on dock.

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Crosswinds, 1989

King 5 Seattle TV spot

Whidbey News-Times article

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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SETTING THE HOOK, A DIVER'S RETURN TO THE ANDREA DORIA

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Don Schnell, Craig Steinmetz, Peter Hunt, & Gary Gilligan: The "Golf Clappers."

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The latest book by Peter M. Hunt

  The 1956 collision of the Andrea Doria and the Stockholm triggered a night of sheer terror for the Andrea Doria’s 1,706 passengers and crew and set in motion one of history’s most dramatic rescues at sea.  From the moment the Andrea Doria settled on the sea floor in 240 feet of water, skilled sport divers have risked their lives to simply touch the “Mount Everest of wreck diving.”  Not all returned alive.

  Peter Hunt crewed on five Andrea Doria expeditions during the early 1980s before becoming a Navy pilot and settling in Washington State.  Nearly twenty years after first exploring the Andrea Doria - and following twelve months of training in the sport’s amazing advances in equipment and techniques - Hunt hugged his wife and children goodbye and returned to New York to dive the Andrea Doria once again.  The experience transformed him forever.

  Setting the Hook explores the Andrea Doria through an introspective odyssey of memory, heart-pounding adventure, and history as thirty years of extreme diving and enduring friendships merge in a personal tale of learning to accept life's oldest challenge.

 

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The author just prior to a dive, May, 2014.

What the critics are saying:

…fascinating read of true adventure, very much recommended. -The Midwest Book Review

...a great diving book, but an even better people book. -Charles George, Wreck Diving Magazine

A "Must Pack" book for your next dive vacation. -Sport Diver Magazine

 A deep-sea diver explores shipwrecks and his own character in this gripping scuba memoir…Hunt’s taut scenes and meticulous prose will have readers holding their breath, but his saga probes hidden depths as well. -Kirkus Reviews
 

…fully delivered on the diving, adventure and technical fronts, but it was the human angle of the author's very personal journey that elevates this much recommended book. -C. H. Blickenstorfer, scubadiverinfo.com

…enthralling personal account…gripping subplot. -Undercurrent Magazine, Editor’s Pick of the month 

Peter Hunt’s engaging memoir…offers a thoughtful perspective of America’s wreck diving scene. -Simon Rogerson, British Sub Aqua Club (BSAC) SCUBA Magazine

…a book truly meant for everyone…heartfelt and inspiring story of diving, the fragility of life, and a reflection on our humanity. -Dive News Network Media Group, publishers of five regional print and electronic magazines

a story of camaraderie, conflict, drama, success and failure in early technical diving, and also one man's personal struggle… thought-provoking…highly recommended. -Jesper Kjøller, DYK–The Scandinavian Dive Magazines

 
 
To order

Trade paperback (281 pages) copies available at most bookstores or can be ordered online at:

Amazon.com

Electronic-reader versions of Setting the Hook are available at:

For all international requests: Please email Peter Hunt at peter@peterhuntbooks.com with name, email, and address to determine the correct total price including international shipping & handling.
 
 

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Signed copies of Setting the Hook: $24.00
(includes priority mail shipping and handling U.S. sales only).

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Signed copies of Angles of Attack: $28.00
(includes priority mail shipping and handling U.S. sales only).