Accident
Last updated: 29 August 2014
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mercredi 7 août 2002
Heure:20:50
Type/Sous-type:Lockheed MC-130H Hercules
Compagnie:United States Air Force - USAF
Immatriculation: 90-0161
Numéro de série: 5265
Année de Fabrication: 1991
Equipage:victimes: / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: / à bord:
Total:victimes: 10 / à bord: 10
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Caguas (   Porto Rico) show on map
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ), Porto Rico
Aéroport de destination:?
Détails:
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."

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


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