Incident Northrop T-38A Talon 66-4376, 10 Dec 1981
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Date:10-DEC-1981
Time:12:03 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic T38 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Northrop T-38A Talon
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 66-4376
MSN: T6007
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Randolph AFB, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Randolph AFB, TX
Destination airport:Randolph AFB, TX
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
ON APPROACH TO 14L AT RAFB, THE GEAR FAILED TO LOWER NORMALLY. FRONT SEAT OCCUPANT, CAPT PAT NOLEN, PULLED THE ALT GEAR EXTENSION HANDLE AND THE CABLE SNAPPED.... BUT NOT BEFORE THE RIGHT MAIN RELEASED. THE NOSE AND LEFT MAIN GEAR REMAINED UP. ATTEMPTS TO LOWER THE GEAR WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THIS INCLUDED SHUTTING DOWN THE LEFT ENGINE TO DISSIPATE HYDRAULIC PRESSURE. NORTHROP ENGINEERS, BY PHONE, CONFIRMED THAT WE WERE SCREWED! CAPT NOLEN AND THE REAR SEAT OCCUPANT, CAPT JOE DiRAGO , PERFORMED A CONTROLLED BAILOUT NEAR LA VERNIA TX.

Sources:

CAPT JOE DiRAGO -- 210.602.7898
AFM February 2000, p74 (12 OCT 81)


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
21-Oct-2018 16:17 TB Added
09-Dec-2021 11:35 CHETA 21 Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
09-Dec-2021 11:37 harro Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn]
24-Mar-2022 14:00 TB Updated [Location, Destination airport, Source]

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