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Last updated: 17 January 2022
Date:Thursday 31 March 2005
Time:ca 20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed MC-130H Combat Talon II
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 87-0127
MSN: 5118
First flight: 1987
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Rovie (   Albania)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Tirana-Rinas Airport (TIA/LATI), Albania
Destination airport:Tirana-Rinas Airport (TIA/LATI), Albania
Two C-130 Hercules planes, assigned to the 352nd Special Operations Group, RAF Mildenhall, departed Tirana for a night training mission to work on terrain-following and avoidance skills, airdrops and landing using night-vision goggles. The planes were flying 300 feet above the mountainous terrain when 87-0127 was approaching a ridge. The airplane was not able to clear the ridge and stalled as the crew attempted to climb away.

Probable Cause:

The accident investigation board determined that the crew's loss of situational awareness placed the aircraft in too low a climb with respect to the surrounding mountainous terrain. Responding to the situation, the crew did not use all available power and stalled the aircraft during a turning climb. This resulted in a loss of aircraft control and almost immediate crash.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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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