Sun, Aug 10, 2008
Air Force officials have completed their investigation of the
April 23 T-38C Talon (file photos, below) accident at Columbus Air
Force Base, Miss., which resulted in the deaths of two pilots and
destroyed the airplane.
Maj. Blair Faulkner, a 43rd Flying Training Squadron instructor
pilot, and 2nd Lt. Matthew Emmons, a student pilot assigned to the
50th Flying Training Squadron, were taking off from Columbus AFB
when their T-38 began an uncommanded roll to the left.
The crew briefly recovered the aircraft to level flight, but as
the aircraft gained airspeed the roll intensified. Unable to regain
controlled flight, the crew attempted to eject from the aircraft
but were too low and the aircraft was inverted. Both were killed on
impact with the ground.
The accident investigation board determined the cause of this
mishap to be mechanical failure of the right aileron, which failed
in the full down position before takeoff.
There were no other casualties from this mishap and other than
the aircraft, there was no property damage.
Brig. Gen. Dean J. Despinoy, the 434th Air Refueling Wing
commander at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., headed the accident
Also: Legend Cub, Piper Orders, Postal UAVs?, IMC Club 'Brown Jacket Award', X-47B Refueling The Diamond DA62 has received its EASA Type certificate. After a sunny and warm day Wed>[...]
Also: United Bars Security Expert, Airborne Advisors, NTSB Video, Avidyne, Cessna, Airport Access Tempest Plus Marketing Group has announced support for Able Flight as a Platinum L>[...]
SnF2015 Sponsor: Always-Innovative Aspen Avionics Aspen Avionics specializes in bringing the most advanced technology and capability into general aviation cockpits. Our products in>[...]
Progressive Aerodyne Does it All -- Land, Sea and Sky! Explore 'no limits' living in the newly FAA certified Searey Elite Amphibious Light Sport Airplane. This distinctive aircraft>[...]
Aerospace Web Aerospaceweb.org is a non-profit site operated by engineers and scientists in the aerospace field. The goal of this site is to provide educational information on a va>[...]