USAF Concludes Spatial Disorientation Led To F-15 Accident | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.29.14/Oshkosh Day 2 **
** Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.28.14/Oshkosh Day 1 **

Sun, Sep 23, 2007

USAF Concludes Spatial Disorientation Led To F-15 Accident

Pilot Made Controlled Descent Into Ocean

A June 2007 training accident that claimed the pilot of an Oregon Air National Guard F-15 Eagle fighter jet was caused by spatial disorientation, according to an Air Force review.

As ANN reported, the aircraft, from the 142nd Fighter Wing at Portland Air Base, was participating in a training mission when the aircraft impacted the Pacific Ocean off the Oregon coast. The F-15 was one of eight planes -- a mix of Eagles and F/A-18 Hornets -- participating in the exercise.

The Associated Press reports military officials determined 34-year-old Major Gregory Dean Young died on impact in the ocean about 40 miles west of Cannon Beach. Young was an experienced pilot with more than 2,300 flight hours, including over 750 in the F-15.

Young calmly spoke with his wingman seconds before the plane impacted... possibly indicating he did not realize he was in danger. None of the pilot's communications indicated any signs of distress.

In its report, the Air Force Air Combat Command headquarters determined Young crashed as a result of spatial disorientation over the ocean. Clear skies with only scattered clouds may have also contributed to the problem.

The AP adds one of the mission pilots told officials he watched as Young, who was conscious and looking up, made a controlled descent into the ocean.

The pilot "was clearly unaware of his position and impacted the water," the report concludes.

FMI: www.af.mil

Advertisement

More News

EAA AirVenture 2014 Welcomes The Boldest Human Space Mission Yet

Events To Highlight Industry Collaboration For Reaching The Planet Mars Leaders from the aerospace community held a press conference at EAA AirVenture on Monday to get the word out>[...]

Aspen Avionics, True Innovators, Present Oshkosh 2014 Special Event Coverage!

OSH2014 Sponsor: Aspen Avionics Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products increase situational>[...]

Futuristic OSH2014 Sponsor: 'Beyond The Blue' - The Inside Story Of The XPRIZE

Meet Jim Campbell, TODAY/07.28, At EAA Wearhouse, Author's Corner, At 1500 And Get Your Signed Copy of Beyond The Blue!!! To Aviation Journalist and experienced Test Pilot, Jim Cam>[...]

Ready For Service... ConciAir Helps Present OSH2014!

ConciAir Is Here To Return Our Industry To Service! The name ConciAir is a play on the word "concierge", and our goal is to be able to accomplish any task placed before us in a tim>[...]

OSH2014 Sponsor: Eclipse Aerospace -- In Full Production!

The Eclipse 550: Economical. Efficient. Incredible. The Eclipse 550 not only has the lowest acquisition cost of any twin-engine jet on the planet, it also has the lowest operating >[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC