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Monday, March 16, 2015

Report details causes of December accident

by Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

3/16/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air Mobility Command released the results of its accident investigation board regarding a Dec. 1, 2014,  mid-air collision near Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, N.C.

A C-130H assigned to the 440th Airlift Wing (Air Force Reserve Command), and a C-27J assigned to the Army Special Operations Command Flight Company, both at Pope Army Airfield, collided approximately 8 miles south of Mackall AAF, N.C. Both aircraft declared emergencies and landed safely, the C-27 at Mackall AAF and the C-130 at Pope AAF.  There were no injuries to the eight C-130 crewmembers or the five C-27 crewmembers. 

The investigation identified several relevant human factors in the mishap:  a breakdown in visual scan resulting in insufficient clearing of the aircraft flight path by both aircrews; both aircrews were over-reliant on Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems to alert them to potential traffic conflicts; and both aircrews exhibited complacency due to the routine nature of the mission profiles, despite the inherent risk associated with night, low-level visual flight rules operations on night vision goggles.

The AIB report is the result of an investigation that included witness testimony; input from technical experts; review of planning, maintenance, and training records; and review for compliance with Air Force directives and guidance. 

The full report is available on the Air Mobility Command Freedom of Information Act site: .

For more information regarding the AMC AIB, contact Public Affairs at (618) 229-7839. For information on the Army investigation, please contact the Army Special Operations Command at (910) 432-7585.

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