Thursday, January 12, 2012

A-10C accident investigation report released

Released today on USAF'S public main website

(U.S. Air Force Graphic / Corey Parrish) Full size Note: Pictured in this graphic is A-10 81-0954.

1/12/2012 - LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. (AFNS) -- Dual engine failure during a functional check flight caused the crash of an A-10C Thunderbolt II Sept. 26, 2011, according to the Air Combat Command Accident Investigation Board report released Jan. 11.

According to the report, the mishap aircraft's stall warning system malfunctioned at 15,000 feet, preventing stall warning tones from functioning properly. Without evidence of additional malfunctions, the mishap pilot continued the FCF.

At 34,000 feet, the mishap aircraft experienced a stall that quickly resulted in dual engine failure. The mishap pilot performed checklist items to recover the aircraft, but without success. The pilot located a controlled bailout area and safely ejected from the aircraft.

The aircraft crashed onto private property approximately 20 miles northwest of Moody Air Force Base, Ga., and was destroyed. The pilot did not sustain serious injuries. The aircraft loss is valued at approximately $14.7 million. The environmental clean-up costs are estimated at $150,000.

(Courtesy of the Air Combat Command Public Affairs Office)


Related info:
Investigation ongoing for A-10C incident
Moody locating dropped aircraft ejection seat
Moody A-10C pilot ejects from aircraft

Please note: As visible on the relased USAF photos, the crashed A-10C clearly belonged to the 75th Fighter Squadron. And according to a non-official source, it was A-10C 80-0282. By the way: The serial number of the A-10C from the 81st Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing (USAFE), Spangdahlem AB, Germany, which alreday crashed near Laufeld, western Germany, on Friday, April 1, 2011, is known to Warthog News as A-10C 81-0963. Meanwhile, from a personal contact I got a non-official and probably interim crash report. But please understand: I will held back it before an official accident investigation report is released.

This breaking news will be updated ASAP. But please note: At least on the moment there's no related info on ACC's public main website. And there's also no new entry in their website's section Accident Investigation Board Reports

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