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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 199163
Last updated: 7 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HUNT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Hunter F Mk58
Owner/operator:Airborne Tactical Advantage
Registration: N338AX
MSN: 41H-697452
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:80 nm SW of San Diego, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD)
Destination airport:Port Hueneme-Point Mugu NAS, CA (NTD/KNTD)
Investigating agency: NTSB
The civilian airline transport pilot was conducting a cross-country flight with another airplane to participate in a military air defense training exercise. The accident pilot reported that, while flying about 14,000 ft mean sea level (msl), one of the military airplanes started flying alongside his airplane’s right wing and then accelerated ahead of his airplane and crossed in front of its flightpath. The military pilot stated that he tried to get the accident pilot’s attention so that he could make him aware of his position but that he was unsuccessful. The accident pilot reported that he attempted to follow the military airplane but that it then turned right and passed in front of his flightpath again. The accident pilot added that, as he turned right to follow the military airplane, he heard a "thump," which he attributed to jet wash. His airplane then immediately rolled left. He attempted to counter the left roll by applying right aileron, but the airplane then entered a nose-down attitude and began to spin. The pilot attempted to recover control without success, and he subsequently ejected from the airplane while it was passing through 4,000 ft msl. The airplane subsequently descended into the ocean.
The airplane could not be examined after the accident because the wreckage was not recovered from the ocean. The pilot reported seeing that the magnetic indicators displayed black, which suggests that aileron hydraulic power was being supplied to the ailerons at the time of the loss of control.
Given the evidence, it is likely that, after the accident airplane flew through the military airplane’s jet wash, aileron movement was inhibited for reasons that could not be determined, which resulted in the pilot's loss of airplane control.

Probable Cause: The pilot’s loss of airplane control after flying through another airplane's jet wash during an air defense exercise.


FAA register:

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 8 months
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

23-Aug-2017 09:32 Rumbachtaler Added
23-Aug-2017 10:28 Aerossurance Updated [Time, Location, Narrative]
23-Aug-2017 10:31 Aerossurance Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
06-Sep-2017 13:48 Aerossurance Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2020 15:26 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-Apr-2020 16:27 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Embed code]
19-Apr-2020 07:00 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Accident report, ]
19-Apr-2020 07:38 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative, Accident report, ]

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