Thursday, February 23, 2012

Report: Nellis-based jet in 'spin' before crash in October

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, NV (FOX5) -  Investigators of a jet crash that happened outside of Nellis Air Force Base in October, 2011, said they could not determine an exact cause for the incident.

According to a report released by U.S. Air Force Combat Command, an F-15C Eagle departed Nellis AFB on a training flight on Oct. 24, 2011 when it lost altitude and airspeed after coming out of a "spin," according to findings released Thursday.

The spin had resulted from a departure from controlled flight, which, the Air Force Accident Investigation Board, described as a large, uncommanded flight path change.

The pilot attempted an "aggressive" dive recovery before the jet crashed about 85 miles north-northwest of Nellis in rural Lincoln County, Nev., the report said.

The pilot safely ejected before the aircraft crashed.

Investigators, though, did not say what exactly lead to the jet's controlled flight departure.

The destruction of the jet was valued at about $32 million. There were no deaths or property damage. The pilot sustained only minor injuries, officials said.

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