The Air Force points to human error in the C130 accident in Montijo, held in July, which resulted in three deaths, one victim was seriously injured and three other had minor injuries.
The conclusion of the investigation process of the accident was revealed last Wednesday, in a statement, it was said that “the crew lost control of the aircraft, which turned to the right without chance of correcting its trajectory, leaving the track and immobilizing itself” and that this accident “occurred due to the inability of the crew to effectively control the aircraft”.
According to the testimonies of the Air Force, the crew did not suffer “any damage or injury” when the plane went off the track, but as a result of “sudden immobilization, a fire broke out” in the landing gear area and the right wing, which eventually spread the fire to the rest of the fuselage. The crew then performed the procedures that were planned and were regularly trained in case of an emergency, for the evacuation of the aircraft.
However, the output by the load compartment “proved impossible due to the existence of smoke and temperature extremes, as well as structural damage to the fuselage”.
Four members of the crew still managed to leave the C130 through the cockpit windows, but the others could not access the other emergency exits.
The Air Force also states that the infrastructure of the aircraft was ready for this operation without any restriction and have not been verified any meteorological factors that could, by itself, cause the accident.
In addition, the “aircraft did not have any problems or anomalies” and the “mission has been properly planned and coordinated”.
The statement concludes that “the accident occurred simply due to the lack of ability of the crew to effectively control the aircraft during a maneuver whose purpose was to train for the interruption of the respective take-off”, called the “abortion take-off”.