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
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: http://www.amc.af.mil/questions/topic.asp?id=509 .
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.