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F-22CrashReport

F-22CrashReport

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UNITED STATES AIR FORCEAIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONBOARD REPORT
F-22A, T/N 06-41253
RD
WINGJOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKALOCATION: JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON,ALASKADATE OF ACCIDENT: 16 NOVEMBER 2010BOARD PRESIDENT: BRIG GEN JAMES S. BROWNECONDUCTED IAW AIR FORCE INSTRUCTION 51-503
 
 
 
Under 10 U.S.C. 2254(d), any opinion of the accident investigators as to the cause of, or the factorscontributing to, the accident set forth in the accident investigation report, if any, may not beconsidered as evidence in any civil or criminal proceeding arising from the accident, nor may suchinformation be considered an admission of liability of the United States or by any person referredto in those conclusions or statements.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARYAIRCRAFT ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONF-22A, T/N 06-4125JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, ALASKA16 NOVEMBER 2010
On 16 Nov 2010, at approximately 19:43:27 hours local time (L), an F-22A, tail number 06-4125, assigned to the 525
th
Fighter Squadron, 3
rd
Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson(JBER), Alaska, impacted the ground during controlled flight approximately 120 nautical miles(NM) northeast of JBER. The mishap pilot (MP) did not attempt ejection and was fatally injuredupon impact. The mishap aircraft (MA) was destroyed. There was no damage to privateproperty. A damage cost of $147,672,000.00 includes the total destruction of the MA along withits internal stores.The mishap occurred on a 3-ship night opposed surface attack tactics training mission, during thereturn-to-base portion of the mission while the MP was attempting to rejoin with his flight lead.At approximately 19:42:18L, the MA experienced an engine bleed air leak malfunction. The MPbegan a descent and retarded the throttles to IDLE power. At 19:42:53L, the MA entered a 240degree roll through inverted, and the nose down (ND) pitch attitude increased. At approximately19:43:24L, the MP initiated a dive recovery. Three seconds later, the aircraft impacted theground in a left bank at approximately 48 degrees ND at a speed greater than 1.1 Mach.The board president found, by clear and convincing evidence, the cause of the mishap was theMP's failure to recognize and initiate a timely dive recovery due to channelized attention,breakdown of visual scan, and unrecognized spatial disorientation.Additionally, the board president found, by preponderance of evidence, organizational trainingissues, inadvertent operations, personal equipment interference, and controls/switches werefactors that substantially contributed to the mishap.
 
 
F-22A, T/N 06-4125, 16 November 2010
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SUMMARY OF FACTS AND STATEMENT OF OPINIONF-22A, T/N 06-012516 NOVEMBER 2010TABLE OF CONTENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS ................................................................................................................. i
 
SUMMARY OF FACTS ................................................................................................................ 1
 
1. AUTHORITY and PURPOSE ..............................................................................................1
 
a. Authority .........................................................................................................................1
 
b. Purpose ............................................................................................................................1
 
2. ACCIDENT SUMMARY .....................................................................................................1
 
3. BACKGROUND ..................................................................................................................2
 
a. Pacific Air Forces ............................................................................................................2
 
b. Unit Information .............................................................................................................2
 
(1) 11th Air Force, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska ................................... 2
 
(2) 3rd Wing, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska ........................................... 2
 
(3) 525th Fighter Squadron .......................................................................................... 3
 
c. F-22A Raptor ..................................................................................................................3
 
4. SEQUENCE OF EVENTS ...................................................................................................3
 
a. Mission ............................................................................................................................3
 
b. Planning ..........................................................................................................................4
 
c. Preflight ...........................................................................................................................4
 
d. Summary of Accident .....................................................................................................5
 
e. Impact ............................................................................................................................12
 
f. Egress and Aircrew Flight Equipment (AFE) ...............................................................14
 
g. Search and Rescue (SAR) .............................................................................................15
 
h. Recovery of Remains ....................................................................................................15
 
5. MAINTENANCE ...............................................................................................................15
 
a. Forms Documentation ...................................................................................................15
 
b. Inspections ....................................................................................................................15
 
c. Maintenance Procedures ...............................................................................................16
 
d. Maintenance Personnel and Supervision ......................................................................16
 
e. Fuel, Hydraulic and Oil Inspection Analyses ...............................................................16
 
f. Unscheduled Maintenance .............................................................................................16
 
6. AIRFRAME, MISSILE, OR SPACE VEHICLE SYSTEMS. ...........................................17
 
a. Structures and Systems .................................................................................................17
 
b. Evaluation and Analysis ...............................................................................................19
 
7. WEATHER .........................................................................................................................20
 
a. Forecast Weather ...........................................................................................................20
 
b. Observed Weather .........................................................................................................20
 
c. Space Environment .......................................................................................................20
 
d. Operations .....................................................................................................................20
 
8. CREW QUALIFICATIONS ...............................................................................................20
 
a. Mishap Pilot ..................................................................................................................20
 

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