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Accident description
Last updated: 12 December 2017
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Date:Monday 15 February 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed LC-130F Hercules
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 148318
C/n / msn: 3562
First flight: 1960
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:McMurdo-Williams Field (   Antarctica)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:McMurdo Station-Williams Field (NZWD), Antarctica
Destination airport:Christchurch International Airport (CHC/NZCH), New Zealand
Narrative:
The Hercules was deployed at Antarctica during Operation Deep Freeze 71. The Hercules was taxiing on the skiway and manoeuvred around the GCA.
In poor visibility the left main ski went up over a 5.5 foot snow bank. The right wing hit the ground and broke between the two engines. The aircraft caught fire was destroyed.

Sources:
» South Pole Timeline 1965-1974


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Distance from McMurdo Station-Williams Field to Christchurch International Airport as the crow flies is 3825 km (2390 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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