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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 170739
Last updated: 2 September 2021
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Time:17:11 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter Mk 58
Owner/operator:Airborne Tactical Advantage Company (ATAC)
Registration: N332AX
MSN: 41H-697448
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Point Mugu NAS, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Oxnard (NTD)
Destination airport:Oxnard (NTD)
The airline transport pilot was flying the single-seat turbojet airplane, which was owned and operated by a private company under contract to the United States Navy. The accident airplane was one of a flight of two airplanes that were returning to the airport to land at the conclusion of a training exercise. The accident airplane was to follow the lead airplane in an "overhead break" maneuver, which included overflying the runway, entering a descending, 270-degree turn to enter the downwind leg of the traffic pattern, then subsequently entering a descending, 180-degree turn to final approach. The recommended final approach airspeed was 150 knots (kts).

Witnesses observed both airplanes during the approach, and noted that the accident airplane's approach appeared lower and slower than that of the lead airplane. They stated that they observed the accident airplane in a left-wing-low bank, the wings rocked from side to side, then the airplane entered a rapid roll to the right and pitched down until it impacted the ground.

Recorded data recovered from the airplane's primary flight display unit revealed that the airplane crossed the runway's extended centerline about 5,900 ft from the runway threshold in a 30-degree bank at an airspeed about 126 kts. At this time, the airplane was on a magnetic heading about 25 degrees from runway alignment, at an altitude of about 328 ft; field elevation was 13 ft. Although the airspeed was well below the target airspeed, the airplane was on a heading, and in a geographic location, that permitted capture of the final approach path with bank corrections. Stall onset occurred several seconds later when the airplane was at a bank angle of 45 degrees, an airspeed of 114 kts, and an altitude of 276 ft. Data indicated that the pilot did not increase thrust significantly in the approach until at, or possibly about 1 second before, stall onset.

The stall was the result of the combination of an airspeed that was 46 knots below the minimum target value, and a bank angle that was significantly more than that required to capture the final approach path. Examination of the engine and flight controls did not reveal any mechanical deficiencies that would have adversely affected the performance or controllability of the airplane before impact.

The on-scene investigation revealed that the pilot did not attempt to eject from the airplane. Naval Air Systems Command simulations determined that a successful ejection could have been accomplished as late as 2 seconds before the end of the data (the data ended several seconds before impact).

Probable Cause: The pilot's failure to maintain adequate airspeed during the approach for landing, which resulted in the airplane exceeding its critical angle of attack and experiencing an aerodynamic stall/spin at an altitude too low for recovery.



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

30-Oct-2014 07:58 gerard57 Added
30-Oct-2014 08:12 harro Updated [Aircraft type]
30-Oct-2014 11:19 Anon. Updated [Source]
30-Oct-2014 20:10 harro Updated [Registration, Cn, Source]
30-Oct-2014 20:50 harro Updated [Operator, Location, Destination airport]
30-Oct-2014 20:54 harro Updated [Nature, Source]
06-Nov-2014 17:20 Geno Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
31-Oct-2016 20:52 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
21-Dec-2016 19:28 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Damage, Category, Investigating agency]
13-Apr-2017 17:22 PiperOnslaught Updated [Source, Narrative]
19-Aug-2017 14:15 ASN Update Bot Updated [Registration, Operator, Other fatalities, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Aug-2017 10:33 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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