Investigation Report Details Cause of C-130 Accident
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – The Accident Investigation Board released a detailed report indicating how four airmen were killed and why two others were seriously injured when their fire fighting system-equipped C-130 plane crashed on July 1in South Dakota.
The investigation determined the MAFFS C-130 cockpit crew’s inadequate assessment of operational conditions resulted in the aircraft flying into a microburst and impacting the ground.
The report describes a microburst as a severe, localized wind gust, blasting down from a thunderstorm, typically covering an area less than 2.5 miles in diameter and lasting less than 5 minutes.
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