Narrative: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 30mm cannon until the Hercules lost control, crashing into the sea.
Shot down by aircraft
Loss of control
» Fuerza Aérea Argentina
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Distance from Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB to Comodoro Rivadavia Airport, CB as the crow flies is 0 km (0 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.