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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 145713
Last updated: 18 October 2017
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Time:12:12 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F.Mk 58
Owner/operator:Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
Registration: N329AX
C/n / msn: 41H-003067
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1.5mi from Point Mugu NAS, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Point Mugu, KNTD
Destination airport:Point Mugu, KNTD
On May 18, 2012, at 1212 Pacific standard time, a Hawker Hunter Mk 58, single-seat turbojet fighter aircraft, N329AX, operated by ATAC (Airborne Tactical Advantage Company) under contract to Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) crashed while on approach to Naval Air Station Point Mugu, California (NTD). The sole pilot aboard was killed, and the airplane was destroyed by impact forces. The flight was conducted under the provisions of a contract between ATAC and the U.S. Navy to provide ATAC owned and operated aircraft to support adversary and electronic warfare training with VMFAT-101 (Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101). The airplane was operating as a non-military public aircraft under the provisions of Title 49 of the United States Code Sections 40102 and 40125.

It crashed in a field off Broome Ranch Road between CSU Channel Islands in Camarillo and Point Mugu.

NTSB say ATAC did not have a crew resource management or aeronautical decision making training program in effect. If such a program had been in effect, it may have led the accident pilot to follow the flight lead's recommendation and return or divert rather than continue the flight and troubleshoot.

Sergio Mendoza, 23, was working in a celery field when he saw the two planes flying together. Mendoza said he saw one jet catch on fire and start breaking apart midair before he lost sight of the plane going down.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident as follows: the pilot's decision to continue the flight with a known fuel imbalance condition that resulted in a loss of lateral control when the imbalance exceeded the known capabilities of the airplane. The fuel imbalance was due to incomplete refueling and an ineffective preflight inspection by the pilot. The imbalance was further complicated by an incorrectly assembled fuel transfer valve and motor combination.

Contributing to the severity of the accident was the pilot's delayed decision to eject prior to exceeding the ejection seat envelope. Also contributing to the accident was (1) the Navy's oversight environment, which did not require airman, aircraft, and risk management controls or standards expected of a commercial civil aviation operation, and (2) ATAC's organizational environment, which did not include CRM training to promote good aeronautical decision-making and ORM guidance to mitigate hazards. Also contributing to the accident were the design features of the airplane, which were typical of its generation, including the lack of accurate fuel quantity indications, the design of the fuel transfer valve; and the maintenance program's lack of clearly documented procedures and type-specific training for the Hunter.



Revision history:

18-May-2012 15:52 gerard57 Added
19-May-2012 01:51 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
19-May-2012 03:14 Masen63 Updated [Aircraft type]
19-May-2012 09:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
19-May-2012 11:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Registration, Cn, Embed code]
20-May-2012 03:45 Masen63 Updated [Aircraft type, Embed code, Narrative]
20-May-2012 06:16 FLYINGBROTHER1 Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Embed code]
19-Jun-2012 22:43 Geno Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Jun-2013 03:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Registration, Cn, Location, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
29-Aug-2016 12:54 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Aug-2016 12:56 Aerossurance Updated [Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
23-Aug-2017 10:35 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]

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