Narrative:The C-130B, assigned to the 813th Tactical Carrier Wing at Forbes AFB, flew from Evereux to Bardufoss to pick up troops who would participate in the NATO exercise Winter Express.
|Date:||Sunday 20 March 1966|
|Type:||Lockheed C-130B Hercules|
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 3677|
|First flight:|| 1962|
|Engines:|| 4 Allison T56-A-7|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||50 km (31.3 mls) NW of Bardufoss Airport (BDU) (Norway)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Evreux Airport (EVX/LFOE), France|
|Destination airport:||Bardufoss Airport (BDU/ENDU), Norway|
In snowy weather around freezing temperature with poor visibility the Hercules crashed into Svanfjellet west of Bardufoss at night at a height of 2650 feet on the island of Senja on approach to Bardufoss Air Station, Norway.
According to the Accident Investigation Board at that time, the ATC had cleared the plane to descend to 6000 feet when the crew of the plane repeated an incorrect height clearance. The radar controller at Bardufoss did not perceive the misunderstanding. The crash killed the entire crew, five officers and two enlisted men. All were U.S. citizens.
» Per Overgaard (E-mail, 19-3-2012)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Evreux Airport to Bardufoss Airport as the crow flies is 2399 km (1500 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.