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Datum:Mittwoch 15 Oktober 1975
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic G159 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman TC-4C (G-159 Gulfstream I)
Fluggesellschaft:United States Marine Corps
Kennzeichen: 155723
Werknummer: 178
Baujahr: 1967
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 9 / Insassen: 9
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Cherry Point MCAS, NC (NKT) (   USA)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Militär
Flug von:Cherry Point MCAS, NC (KNKT), USA
Flug nach:Cherry Point MCAS, NC (KNKT), USA
Unfallbericht:
Shortly after lift off, a low torque sensing switch failed precipitating an auto feather of an engine. The crew mis-handled the required feathering procedure, allowing the propeller to unfeather and windmill. Subsequently, the crew retracted the flaps. This disabled a spring tab on the rudder which was designed to give additional rudder authority for high power/low airspeed situations. The result of the windmilling propeller and the loss in rudder authority was that V(mca) increased from 101 kts to 138 kts. The airplane rolled inverted and crashed. Witness marks on the operating engine's propeller reportedly indicated that the airplane's speed when it crashed was less than 90 kts.
All on board, four crew men, four students and one instructor, were killed.

Informationsquelle:
» The Times-News - Oct 16, 1975
» William L. Hall


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