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Last updated: 25 September 2021
Estado:Final
Fecha:martes 16 abril 1968
Hora:09:00
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic C123 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild C-123K Provider
Operador:United States Air Force - USAF
Registración: 54-602
Numéro de série: 20051
Año de Construcción:
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:46 km (28.8 milles) NW of Panama City, FL (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Hurlburt Field, FL (KHRT), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Hurlburt Field, FL (KHRT), Estados Unidos de América
Descripción:
On 16 April 1968, 08:00 CST, C-123K, sn 54-0602 (Call sign MOOSE 09) departed Hurlburt Field, FL, as lead aircraft in a flight of three C-123's. The assigned mission was a routine SEA serial spray training flight. The formation proceeded to a point 25 nm northwest of Panama City, Florida (the designated spray training area), arriving there at 08:35 CST.
At this time a series of simulated defoliation runs were conducted over an open field. At approximately 08:50 CST Aircraft 54-0602 assumed the number three position in a right echelon formation for practice defoliation runs along a series of roads. At the completion of the first run the lead aircraft gave a command to place the aircraft in a "piggy back" formation, then climbed from 150 feet AGL to approximately 300 feet AGL and executed a 270 degree turn to the right. While in this turn the Number Three aircraft contacted the ground in a left wing low position, cartwheeled, immediately caught fire and was destroyed. The instructor pilot, two student pilots, and the flight engineer sustained fatal injuries.

Fuentes:
» USAF accident/incident report dated 8 May 1968
» E-mail Kevin Woolterton 14-3-2008
» St. Petersburg Times 17 April 1968, p2A


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