Fri, Jul 23, 2004
Crash was due to pilot error, exceeding bank angle followed by
Air Force officials completed the investigation of a T-6A Texan
II that crashed April 3 at the Savannah Hilton-Head International
Airport in Georgia killing two Air Force pilots.
The investigation determined the accident was caused by pilot
The pilots, Capts. Judson Brinson and Thomas Moore, were both
assigned to the 39th Flying Training Squadron at Moody Air Force
Base, Ga. The investigation board could not determine with
certainty which pilot was flying the aircraft at the time of the
Returning from a training flight to Moody, the pilots had just
lifted off when the accident occurred.
For unknown reasons, the pilot flying the aircraft deviated from
normal flight limits by exceeding the maximum bank angle of 90
degrees, and allowing the airspeed to fall below the minimum speed
of 140 knots.
The combination of the high bank angle and decreased airspeed
caused the aircraft to stall and roll. No attempt was made to apply
proper stall recovery procedures. As a result, the aircraft was
nearly inverted at a much lower than normal altitude and was too
low for safe ejection, the investigation found.
The aircraft, valued at $4.2 million, was destroyed.
(Our thanks to the Air Education and Training Command News
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