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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
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Date:Sunday 17 April 1966
Type:Silhouette image of generic C119 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-119CF-FA Flying Boxcar
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-8019
C/n / msn: 10762
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Belleville-Scott AFB, IL (BLV) (   United States of America)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Belleville-Scott AFB, IL (BLV/KBLV), United States of America
Destination airport:Belleville-Scott AFB, IL (BLV/KBLV), United States of America
Narrative:
A Fairchild C-119CF-FA Flying Boxcar transport plane, 51·8019, had undergone a periodic inspection and was dispatched with a minimum crew for a Functional Check Fight (FCF).
In the course of conducting checks at an altitude of 5000 feet, the no. 2 prop did not go into full feather. It continued to windmill. The crew then decided to return to Belleville-Scott AFB, IL (BLV) immediately. The pilot requested a straight-in approach to runway 31. Engine no. 2 was shut down and the plane was configured for landing. The airplane was high on the approach so the crew executed a go around and came in for a second approach. This time the airplane was slightly high and too fast so the pilot again called for a go around.
During the transition from a high rate of descent to level flight for go around, the airspeed remained around 130 knots IAS. The captain raised the flaps from 40° to 20° and then reached for the gear up switch. The aircraft struck the runway and slid off the end into a grassy field. A fire that ensued after impact was contained by base crash and rescue crews.

Sources:
» Fairchild C-82 and C-119 / Alwyn T. Lloyd, Aerofax, 2005


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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