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Last updated: 12 August 2020
Date:Tuesday 18 September 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic C141 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 64-0647
C/n / msn: 300-6060
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:18547
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney TF33-P-7
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Charleston AFB, SC (CHS) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Charleston AFB, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America
Destination airport:Charleston AFB, SC (CHS/KCHS), United States of America
Toward the end of a local training sortie, the crew noticed the lack of a "Brakes Released" light. After touchdown the thrust reversers did not deploy because they were locked out by the touchdown relay, still in the Flight Mode. However, due to a malfunction, the no. 4 thrust reverser did deploy. Normal brakes were inoperative. The copilot selected emergency brakes, and then continued to make multiple attempts to deploy the spoilers. This caused the no. 3 hydraulic system to lose pressure due to which in turn the emergency brakes failed. Then an electrical malfunction within the gear handle caused the nose gear to retract. A fire erupted, which consumed the aircraft.

» C-141 Lifetime Mishap Summary / Lt. Col. Paul M. Hansen, USAFR, Ret. McChord AFB WA (1 October, 2004)


photo of Lockheed-C-141B-Starlifter-64-0647
accident date: 18-09-1979
type: Lockheed C-141B Starlifter
registration: 64-0647


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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