Date & Time: Jul 1, 2012 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Operator:
Registration:
93-1458
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Colorado Springs - Colorado Springs
MSN:
5363
YOM:
1994
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a fire fighting mission in the region of Edgemont, southwest part of South Dakota. The aircraft left Colorado Springs-Peterson Field in the afternoon and crashed soon after it discharged its load of 3,000 gallons of retardant. Four crew were killed while two others were seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire.
Causes:
The accident investigation report released by the Air Force Air Mobility Command said the crash happened because the crew made an "inadequate assessment" of weather conditions and it flew into a microburst.