Narrative:Lost control while testing the LAPES (Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System) to drop a 4000 kg load from a height of 200 m. The parachute harness apparently detached during the process, causing the 400 kg load to remain on the cargo door. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed.
Loss of control
|Date:||Thursday 22 May 1997|
|C/n / msn:|| N.018|
|First flight:|| 1991|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||near Gorda AFB ( Indonesia)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
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