Narrative:A USAF crew chief at Mildenhall took the C-130 on an illegal flight. He flew over the Thames estuary and headed south toward Brighton. After flying over the English Channel, it appears that he turned northwest. North of Cherbourg he changed direction, heading south to a point 30 miles north of Alderney Island. There the aircraft crashed into the sea.
|Date:||Friday 23 May 1969|
Lockheed C-130E Hercules
|Operator:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 3856|
|First flight:|| 1963|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||48 km (30 mls) N off Alderney, Channel Islands ( United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Departure airport:||Mildenhall RAF Station (MHZ/EGUN), United Kingdom|
Possibly shot down by two F-100s of the 493 TFS, RAF Lakenheath, UK.
Loss of control
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.