Accident Lockheed LC-130R Hercules 155917,
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Date:Sunday 28 January 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed LC-130R Hercules
Owner/operator:United States Navy
Registration: 155917
MSN: 4305
Year of manufacture:1968
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:South Pole Station -   Antarctica
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:McMurdo Station-Williams Field (NZWD)
Destination airport:South Pole-Amundsen-Scott Station
The plane was making a GCA approach to the South Pole Station ice landing strip. Ice fog was present causing the pilot to initiate a go-around on finals. The plane was too low and slammed down. The tail hit the ground, wingtips and props hit the snow and came off. The impact cracked open the fuselage at the paratroop doors, and the 500 gallon MOGAS bladder that was strapped to the ramp came loose, fell out, and was ignited by flames streaming from the broken wing tanks.

Sources: - Lockheed LC-130R 155917


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