Accident
Last updated: 2 September 2014
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Mittwoch 7 August 2002
Zeit:20:50
Flugzeugtyp:Lockheed MC-130H Hercules
Fluggesellschaft:United States Air Force - USAF
Kennzeichen: 90-0161
Werknummer: 5265
Baujahr: 1991
Besatzung:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: / Insassen:
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 10
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Caguas (   Puerto Rico) show on map
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ),
Flug nach:?
Unfallbericht:
The MC-130 departed Borinquen to fly segments of two low-level routes that are used by the Puerto Rico ANG. After cresting a ridgeline power was reduced and the aircraft began a descent. The crew received an obstacle warning, but the crew believed this was caused by the weather (driving rain and heavy fog) and descent was continued. The Hercules eventually began to climb again until it struck a ridgeline at 2018 feet MSL.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "By clear and convincing evidence, the cause of this mishap was an uncharacteristic loss of situational awareness by the entire mishap flight deck crew and the subsequent lack of an appropriate response to obstacle warnings. The Board President further found the following factors substantially contributed to the mishap: overall crew preparation, a misdirected focus on the weather, crew resource management dynamics, and crew judgment as it relates to existing directives."

Informationsquelle:
» Executive summary aircraft accident investigation MC-130H, S/N 90-0161 Caguas, Puerto Rico 7 August 2002


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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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