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Last updated: 6 May 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:samedi 4 octobre 1986
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
Compagnie:Southern Air Transport
Immatriculation: N15ST
Numéro de série: 4391
Année de Fabrication: 1971
Heures de vol:45622
Moteurs: 4 Allison 501-D22A
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:San Antonio-Kelly AFB, TX (SKF) (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 211 m (692 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Aéroport de départ:San Antonio-Kelly AFB, TX (SKF/KSKF), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Warner Robins-Robins AFB, GA (WRB/KWRB), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 15
N15ST arrived at Kelly AFB at 02:20. The loading supervisor recalled that he saw the elevator in a faired position with the horizontal stabilizer. (If the flight controls had been in their neutral position, the elevator would have been in a trailing edge down position relative to the horizontal stabilizer.) At 04:01 the crew taxied to runway 15 and received takeoff clearance at 04:05. The aircraft was seen to rotate after a 4500 feet takeoff roll and climbed to 100-200 feet. The plane then attained an extreme nose high attitude, climbing to 600-700 feet an entering a left roll or bank. Altitude was lost until the Hercules struck the ramp area in a near inverted attitude, slid between 2 hangars and exploded.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The use by the carrier of a non-approved device designed to raise the elevator during loading operations which was not properly stowed by the flight crew and which lodged in the controls, preventing the flight crew from controlling the airplane during take-off."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 187 days (6 months)
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-87-04
Download report: Final report

» NTSB/AAR-87/04

Opérations de secours

NTSB issued 8 Safety Recommendations

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photo of Lockheed-L-100-30-Hercules-N15ST
accident date: 04-10-1986
type: Lockheed L-100-30 Hercules
registration: N15ST

Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre San Antonio-Kelly AFB, TX et Warner Robins-Robins AFB, GA est de 1463 km (914 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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