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Last updated: 21 April 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:dimanche 30 janvier 2005
Heure:16:30
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed Hercules C.1 (C-130K)
Compagnie:Royal Air Force - RAF
Immatriculation: XV179
Numéro de série: 4195
Année de Fabrication: 1967
Heures de vol:24200
Equipage:victimes: 8 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 2
Total:victimes: 10 / à bord: 10
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:près de Al Taji (   Irak)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:Baghdad International Airport (BGW/ORBI), Irak
Aéroport de destination:Balad Air Base (ORBD), Irak
Détails:
RAF Hercules XV179 departed Baghdad at 16:24 for a routine flight to Balad. The airplane was flying at low level when it was hit by enemy fire. The outboard 23 feet of the right wing separated and the Hercules became uncontrollable. It crashed and broke up.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board concluded that XV179 crashed because the ac became uncontrollable after hostile action caused the explosive separation of the outboard 23 ft of the right-hand wing. Furthermore the Board conclude that the explosive separation could have been caused solely by [blanked out] or a combination of [blanked out] and another [blanked out] impacting the wing in the vicinity of the separation boundary."
CONTRIBUTORY FACTORS:
"The Board concluded that the following factors contributed to the loss of XV179.
a. Flying at low level and in daylight made the ac vulnerable to [blanked out].
b. The lack of any fire retarding technology, either foam or inert gas, in the fuel tanks allowed an explosive fuel/air mix to develop in the ullage.
c. The ACHQ did not have sight of Op [blanked out] tasking and this reduced their ability to provide relevant intelligence support.
d. The SAFIRE reporting, collating and dissemination chain was not efficient enough to provide aircrew with the time-sensitive intelligence they need.
e. The lack of a procedure to pass up-to-the-minute and relevant threat information to the C-130 left crew unaware of the recent SAFIRE site between BIAP and BSE."

Sources:
» RAF Board of Inquiry into the loss of: Hercules XV179 (Iraq - 30 JAN 05)


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Plan
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 Baghdad International Airport et Balad Air Base est de 76 km (47 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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