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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199490
Last updated: 22 June 2018
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Date:06-SEP-2017
Time:20:00 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic A10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II
Owner/operator:US Air Force (USAF), 57th Wing
Registration: 78-0657
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nevada Test and Training Range, NV -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Nellis AFB
Destination airport:Nellis AFB
Narrative:
Two Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II collided midair. Both pilots ejected safely.

The pilots were flying a close air support training mission at night as part of a Weapons Instructor Course qualification for one of the pilots, with the second flying as the instructor. During the flight, the student pilot climbed above the assigned altitude block during a series of commands, did not hear an audible notification that signaled the altitude climb, and therefore did not radio to the instructor to deconflict, according to the investigation.

This caused the student pilot's aircraft to fly into altitude designated for the instructor, who did not have line of sight on the other A-10. The two aircraft collided, rendering both uncontrollable. The pilots then ejected.

The investigation determined the student pilot unintentionally failed to establish the altitude deconfliction procedure. Additionally, the board president found that the upgrading pilot was handling communications on multiple radios and had many tasks, causing oversaturation.

Sources:

https://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/07/2-a10s-crash-nevada-pilots-eject-air-force-says.html
https://www.militarytimes.com/news/2018/04/12/pilot-error-caused-two-air-force-a-10s-to-collide-in-midair/
http://www.airforcemag.com/Features/Pages/2018/April%202018/A-10-Crash-2017-Pilot-Failure.aspx
http://www.airforcemag.com/AircraftAccidentReports/Documents/2018/090617_A10_Nellis.PDF


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Sep-2017 06:42 gerard57 Added
08-Sep-2017 06:47 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Narrative]
08-Sep-2017 08:10 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport]
13-Apr-2018 05:32 Iceman 29 Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2018 15:19 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
15-Apr-2018 15:22 Aerossurance Updated [Registration, Source]

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