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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Status:Definitief
Datum:zondag 18 januari 1981
Type:Silhouette image of generic P3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed P-3A Orion
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Navy
Registratie: 152161
Constructienummer: 185-5131
Bouwjaar: 1965
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 7
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 7
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Whidbey Island-NAS, WA (NUW) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Whidbey Island-NAS, WA (NUW), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Whidbey Island-NAS, WA (NUW), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
While conducting a Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization check the pilot at controls was allowed to perform his first attempt at shooting an obstacle approach at Whidbey Island-NAS, WA (NUW). This maneuver was inadequately briefed by the pilot in command during the mission brief. The pilot in command, having great confidence in the pilot at controls, allowed him to conduct this maneuver without prior demonstration. After pushing over for the approach an excessive sink rate developed. Upon determination that the approach was getting dangerous, power was applied and the nose pulled up. Due to the combination of slow approach speed, late and in inadequate power application, the excessive sink rate was not arrested, resulting in a hard landing followed by failure of the starboard wing.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE:
(1) Pilot in command failed to recognize a dangerous situation and take appropriate corrective action.
(2) Pilot at controls failed to properly compensate for excessive sink rate during landing transition. - began transition to landing attitude too late to arrest a high rate of descent for the power applied.

Bronnen:
» P-3 Orion Aircraft Location Report (P-3 Orion Research Group - The Netherlands)
» Naval Safety Center
» US Navy and US Marine Corps Aircraft Serial Numbers and Bureau Numbers--1911 to Present / Joe Baugher
» VPNavy.org


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