Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Lockheed C-130A Hercules, N119TG: Accident occurred August 25, 2019 at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (KSBA), California

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Van Nuys, California
International Air Response; Mesa, Arizona

Aviation Accident Preliminary Report - National Transportation Safety Board: https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Accident Number: WPR19LA242
Date & Time: 08/25/2019, 2224 PDT
Registration: N119TG
Aircraft: Lockheed C130
Injuries: 7 None
Flight Conducted Under:
Part 91: General Aviation - Ferry

On August 25, 2019, at 2224 Pacific daylight time, a restricted category Lockheed C-130A, N119TG experienced multiple system failures shortly after takeoff from Santa Maria Public Airport/Capt G Allan Hancock Field (SMX), Santa Maria, California. The pilot made an emergency landing at the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA), Santa Barbara, California. International Air Response (IAR) operated the airplane under the provisions of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a cross-country flight. The 2 flight crew and 5 passengers, all employees of IAR, were not injured. The airplane sustained substantial damage and fire damage from a postcrash fire. Instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) prevailed for this leg of the flight and an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been filed. The flight was destined for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport (IWA), Phoenix, Arizona.

According to the operator, the airplane was stationed in Malaysia in order to respond to emergencies in the area. It was scheduled for a maintenance C-check and was en route to IAR's home base at IWA. The flight had made a refueling stop in Hilo, Hawaii, and another refueling stop in SMX. During those legs of the flight, no problems had been encountered.

The Captain reported that the crew/passenger make up consisted of one Captain (himself), two First Officers, two Flight Engineers, and two Flight Mechanics; they were traveling with an augmented crew to allow them to fly the long duty periods required for international over-water legs. The flight was operated under a special airworthiness certificate ferry flight. The Captain noted that their arrival into SMX was IFR due to coastal fog.

Prior to takeoff they requested an IFR clearance to visual flight rules (VFR) on top. After they departed from SMX, they contacted SBA controllers and cancelled their IFR as soon as they broke out of the clouds. Shortly after cancelling IFR, the flight crew heard a loud popping noise, and the passengers heard a loud bang. Simultaneously, the torque gages provided unusual and fluctuating readings. A crew member in the cargo compartment announced misting hydraulic fluid mixed with smoke. The flight crew saw fire-warning lights and other anomalies. The passengers donned their supplemental oxygen and the cockpit crew turned off the four engine bleeds. At this time, they also noticed the utility hydraulic pressure fluctuating and a crew member advised that the landing gear should be lowered before there was a total utility system failure. The landing gear was lowered; the nose and left landing gear lowered, but the right landing gear took longer to lower. The cockpit crew observed three green lights from the landing gear, which indicated the landing gear was lowered and locked. The flight crew turned off the numbers 2 and 4 hydraulic pumps. As they continued to troubleshoot the multiple failures, they diverted to SBA based on weather considerations, they did not want to return to SMX which would require an ILS approach.

The Captain declared an emergency and requested radar vectors for terrain clearance when he noticed that the airplane was yawing back and forth. The numbers 3 and 4 fire handles were illuminated, and the number 4 engine was feathered which stopped the yaw of the airplane. During the flight to SBA, they had to maneuver the airplane over terrain. Once they had cleared the terrain and had the airport in sight, they began their descent. He advised SBA tower that he would make S-turns to lose altitude as they had no flaps. As a result, their approach speed would be fast, and they would likely use the full length of the runway.

As the airplane touched down, he applied full inboard reverse thrust as soon as the nose wheel touched down. The rightwing began to drop and the airplane drifted to the right. He applied full left rudder and began using the No. 1 engine reverse to try and keep the airplane on the runway. The airplane continued to the right and departed the right side of the runway. The Captain intentionally ground looped the airplane as it was continuing toward SBA's main terminal and parked airplanes. The airplane came to a stop about 270-degrees right of the runway heading.

Two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors inspected the airplane and identified the number 3 bleed air duct had failed, which blew hot air onto the surrounding electrical wires and hydraulic lines.

The failed parts were sent to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) metallurgical laboratory in Washington, D.C.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Lockheed
Registration: N119TG
Model/Series: C130 A
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operator: International Air Response
Operating Certificate(s) Held: Agricultural Aircraft (137) 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Night/Dark
Observation Facility, Elevation: KSBA, 20 ft msl
Observation Time:  PDT
Distance from Accident Site: 0 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 18°C / 16°C
Lowest Cloud Condition: Clear
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 4 knots / , 80°
Lowest Ceiling: None
Visibility:  9 Miles
Altimeter Setting: 29.91 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: VFR/IFR
Departure Point: Santa Maria, CA (SMX)
Destination: Phoenix, AZ (IWA)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 7 None
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: On-Ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 7 None
Latitude, Longitude: 34.423333, -119.836667 (est)

SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) – Seven people escaped without major injuries after a transport plane crashed and caught fire at Santa Barbara Airport Sunday night. SANTA BARBARA (CBSLA) – Seven people escaped without major injuries after a transport plane crashed and caught fire at Santa Barbara Airport Sunday night.

The Lockheed C-130A Hercules was making an emergency landing when it skidded off the runway and caught fire at 10:13 p.m., according to a Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Eliason.

None of the seven people aboard were seriously hurt.

The plane, bound from Hawaii that morning, had briefly stopped at the Santa Maria Airport, which is about 65 miles north of the Santa Barbara Airport.

Shortly after takeoff from Santa Maria, the Lockheed C-130A Hercules experienced problems and was forced to make the emergency landing at Santa Barbara Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration told CBS News the plane experienced hydraulic problems.

As a result of the crash, all flights in and out of Santa Barbara were canceled into Monday morning. The airport reopened just after 5 p.m.

The plane is owned by a company called International Air Response. It’s unclear where it was headed when it crashed.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.

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