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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 57931
Last updated: 14 November 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic F4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas QF-4E Phantom II
Owner/operator:82nd ATARS USAF (82nd ATARS United States Air Force)
Registration: 71-1083
C/n / msn: 4254
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:W-151 Gulf Range Complex, approx 88 miles S of Tyndall AFB, Florida -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Tyndall AFB, Florida
Destination airport:
71-1083 (c/n 4254) to AMARC as FP0691 Jun 7, 1991. To QF-4E AF257. During an F-15C missile test and evaluation program flight from Tyndall AFB (FL) this unmanned 82nd ATRS Phantom II was command destructed after the jet departed controlled flight. A missile from the Eagle missed the drone completely and after about three minutes the drone violently pitched up without input from the controller.

The aircraft accident investigation has found that a malfunction in the Automatic Flight Control System Electro-Hydraulic Stab was the cause of the un-commanded full nose up stab. The aircraft lost airspeed and entered a unrecoverable flat spin. Passing 2,000 feet in the descent the Phantom was blown up after which it crashed in the W-151 Gulf Range Complex approximately 88 miles south of Tyndall AFB, Florida.

Sources: [Scramble 332]

Revision history:

10-Jan-2009 11:55 ASN archive Added
29-Oct-2011 21:50 Dr. John Smith Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
18-Nov-2011 06:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2012 03:12 harro Updated [Plane category, ]
17-Feb-2012 06:58 harro Updated [[Plane category, ]]
14-Feb-2020 23:44 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Narrative, Operator]

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