U.S. military aircraft crash may be missing all nine were killed (Figure)
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People October 31 – U.S. 31, rescue workers said the 29 evening volley on the two planes collided into the sea The nine members may have been killed. It is reported that the accident aircraft were Coast Guard C-130 “Hercules” transport aircraft and the Marine Corps AH-1W “Super Cobra” helicopter gunship. Up to now, rescue workers still find traces of the crew.
the past two days, U.S. military aircraft and ships constantly in trouble waters (area of ??about 1,500 square kilometers) to start the search operation, investigators also began a careful analysis of the airport control tower and trouble “Hercules” aircraft communications records in order to find the reason for the two aircraft collided. However, it is in addition to San Diego, California, at a distance of about 80 km southwest of the sea found on the wreckage, but no received.
before the incident, carrying seven members of the “Hercules” aircraft is a local area search Trek sailors. “Super Cobra” helicopters for the two Marines charged with the large transport helicopter escort mission. Local time at 19:10 on the 29th or so, do not know why, “Hercules” and “Super Cobra” sudden violent collision in the air, then crashed into the sea both caught fire.
the accident site is located in San Diego County, California, West Coast and San Clemente Island, between the sky, about 24 km from the shore. After the incident, after a pilot reported here, see the fire when the aircraft collided. Search and rescue personnel in the San Diego coast 80 km far from the sea found some aircraft debris. The United States dispatched a large number of departments for search and rescue aircraft and boats, but so far not found any survivors.
Pentagon spokesman said the incident was a “tragedy”, and now can not determine whether the two sides before the collision found in each other’s presence. Civil Aviation Authority-owned U.S. ground controllers said they notice a few minutes before the incident will fly into the “closed military zone” and “Hercules” unit, asking them to change with the military control of personnel. However, under the military control of personnel and has never been a “Super Cobra” contact.
before the incident, “Hercules” flying height of 300-330 meters, the local area visibility is 20 kilometers. “Super Cobra” and the other two was a similar aircraft, loaded with Marines for the two large transport helicopter escort, fleet, under cover of darkness and flew to the exercise area. In theory, carry out search and rescue aircraft, and military exercises to open the airborne radar equipment, aircraft repeatedly crossing notice “Caution.”
However, it still can not determine the head-on collision, “Hercules” aircraft or “Super Cobra” is sent in advance to the alarm signal around. Investigators said that despite the “Hercules” aircraft is equipped with advanced “system to prevent mid-air collision,” but still need to continue to carefully observe the EVA pilot case in order to detect and avoid risks. For the task of the night at sea plane, the above observation is even more important.
C-130 “Hercules” is a U.S. manufacturer Lockheed Aircraft Corporation’s four rounds of turbofan-type multi-purpose tactical transport aircraft, by the U.S. military and its allies at home. The aircraft can be on the runway at the front landing airstrip to transport or aerial battlefield military personnel and equipment, returning wounded for evacuation. C-130 after it has been put into batch production for 35 years, is the world’s longest continuous production of tactical transport aircraft.
AH-1W “Super Cobra” helicopter is a Bell company launched a new anti-tank helicopters. The machine inherits the prototype of many advantages, and highlights the high altitude performance, all-weather day and night combat capability, and a certain air/self-defense capability. This helicopter flight and combat performance, firepower, and can be flexible loading of different weapons (to launch the “Tao”/”Hellfire” two missiles), by U.S. troops of all arms of love. (H Yi Jun)