posted on Apr, 16 2016 @ 12:12 AM
The Air Force C-130J that crashed in Jalalabad Afghanistan in October, killing 11 on board and three Afghan guards on the ground was caused by pilot
error. Although honestly error is too nice of a word to use.
The crew had flown in from Bagram, and were performing an engine running offload. The cargo included some tall containers, so the pilot pulled back on
the yoke to raise the elevators to make offload easier.
After holding the yoke back for several minutes, he took the hard side night vision goggle case and jammed the yoke back with it. The offload was
completed and the aircraft proceeded to depart. On takeoff the aircraft pitched up steeply, due to the case jammed against the yoke. The copilot
misidentified the problem as a problem with the trim, resulting in the wrong response. The aircraft impacted the ground 28 seconds after takeoff.