Narrative:The Lockheed engineering testbed was used to evaluate the fly-by-wire rudder actuator and the ground minimum control speed (VMCG). During the final high-speed ground test-run, the aircraft accidentally veered left and became airborne. The Hercules climbed to 250 feet and crashed.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Disengagement of the rudder fly-by-wire flight control system resulting in a total loss of rudder control capability while conducting ground minimum control speed tests. The disengagement was a result of the inadequate design of the rudder's integrated actuator package by its manufacturer; the operator's insufficient system safety review failed to consider the consequences of the inadequate design to all operating regimes. A factor which contributed to the accident was the flight crew's lack of engineering flight test training."
» Flight International 6-12.4.94(12)
» Air Safety Week 8.2.1993 (p. 4, 5)
» Flight International 10-16.2.93(6)
» ICAO Adrep Summary 1/95
» NTSB Safety Recommendation A-94-101
» Scramble 165
KAF-318 sold the plane to Lockheed in May 1983.
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