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Last updated: 6 December 2019
Status:Definitief
Datum:woensdag 7 augustus 2002
Tijd:20:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed MC-130H Combat Talon II
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Air Force - USAF
Registratie: 90-0161
Constructienummer: 5265
Bouwjaar: 1991
Bemanning:slachtoffers: / inzittenden:
Passagiers:slachtoffers: / inzittenden:
Totaal:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 10
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Caguas (   Puerto Rico)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Aguadilla-Borinquen Airport (BQN/TJBQ), Puerto Rico
Vliegveld van aankomst:?
Beschrijving:
The MC-130 departed Borinquen to fly segments of two low-level routes that are used by the Puerto Rico ANG. After cresting a ridgeline power was reduced and the aircraft began a descent. The crew received an obstacle warning, but the crew believed this was caused by the weather (driving rain and heavy fog) and descent was continued. The Hercules eventually began to climb again until it struck a ridgeline at 2018 feet MSL.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "By clear and convincing evidence, the cause of this mishap was an uncharacteristic loss of situational awareness by the entire mishap flight deck crew and the subsequent lack of an appropriate response to obstacle warnings. The Board President further found the following factors substantially contributed to the mishap: overall crew preparation, a misdirected focus on the weather, crew resource management dynamics, and crew judgment as it relates to existing directives."

Bronnen:
» Executive summary aircraft accident investigation MC-130H, S/N 90-0161 Caguas, Puerto Rico 7 August 2002


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