ASN Aircraft accident Lockheed C-130H Hercules TC-63 Pebble Island
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Date:Tuesday 1 June 1982
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-130H Hercules
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Argentina - FAA
Registration: TC-63
MSN: 4310
First flight: 1968
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:N off Pebble Island (   Falkland Islands)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD/SAVC), Argentina
Destination airport:Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB (CRD/SAVC), Argentina
Lockheed Hercules TC-63 departed Comodoro Rivadavia at 08:53 for a reconnaissance flight near the Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas. Almost two hours into the flight, near Pebble Island/Isla Borbón, the plane was detected by the radar of the British frigate HMS Minerva. Two patrolling Sea Harrier jets were sent to intercept the C-130. One of the Harriers (XZ451) fired two AIM-9L Sidewinder missiles at the Hercules. The first one missed but the second missile hit the left wing. The pilot continued by firing his 30 mm cannon until the Hercules lost control, crashing into the sea.

Shot down by aircraft
Loss of control

» Fuerza Aérea Argentina


photo of Lockheed-C-130H-Hercules -TC-63
accident date: 01-06-1982
type: Lockheed C-130H Hercules 
registration: TC-63


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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