|Date:||Monday 17 June 2002|
|Type:||Lockheed C-130A Hercules|
|Operator:||Hawkins & Powers Aviation|
|C/n / msn:||3146|
|Total airframe hrs:||21863|
|Engines:||4 Allison T56-A-9D|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3|
|Airplane fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Walker, CA (United States of America)|
|Departure airport:||Minden-Tahoe Airport, NV (MEV/KMEV), United States of America|
|Minden-Tahoe Airport, NV (MEV/KMEV), United States of America|
The NTSB's investigation of three air tanker accidents determined that the maintenance and inspection programs applicable to firefighting aircraft did not adequately account for the increased safety risks that the aircraft are exposed to as a result of the advanced age and the severe stresses of the firefighting environment. As a result the NTSB recommended that the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior develop maintenance and inspection programs for firefighting aircraft that include consideration of the airplane's original design, age, and operational stresses, as well as engineering evaluations to predict and prevent fatigue cracking. The Board also recommended that the Department of
Agriculture and Department of Interior hire personnel with aviation engineering and maintenance expertise to oversee the new maintenance programs. The NTSB recommended that the FAA require that these aircraft be maintained in accordance with such programs and that the FAA assume responsibility for collecting continuing airworthiness information about surplus military aircraft.
In a separate letter sent to the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Interior the Safety Board emphasized their position regarding the installation of video recorders on public use aircraft and.