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July F-18 crash ruled pilot error

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posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 07:55 AM
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The July 28th crash of a Marine F-18 in California was ruled pilot error. The crash killed Major R. Sterling Norton, a graduate of both Top Gun and the Marine Corps Weapons and Tactics Instructor Course. He was part of a night ground attack mission near Twentynine Palms.

Major Norton had completed two strafing runs, and radioed that he had enough fuel and ammunition for one more run. Speculation is that he was already planning how long to fire the gun, and his trip back to his base. The third run was started faster and lower than the previous runs. He began firing 1100 feet lower, and 400 feet below his escape altitude.

It's believed the flash from the gun may have masked warnings on the HUD, and due to the different parameters of the last run, the aural warning was delayed just over 1 second as the computer recalculated.

www.marinecorpstimes.com...




posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 09:36 AM
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a reply to: Zaphod58

Night ops are always dangerous. Carrier landings at night, especially in heavy weather, are especially demanding.



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