An accident investigation board convened by Air Mobility Command to review last fall’s crash of an Air Force Flight Standards Agency C-21 at Decatur Airport in Illinois. The board found that the pilot, who was in aircraft commander upgrade training and was flying a simulated single engine approach, could not recover when the aircraft became unstable when he reduced power for landing. Air Force instruction says to use both engines in such a situation, but the pilot failed to do so. Neither he nor the instructor pilot was able to prevent the aircraft’s right wingtip tank from striking the runway and slide of the aircraft across a field. The board concluded that the pilot “was unable to take corrective action,” and the IP “failed to take the appropriate action to correct the situation.”
An Air Force C-17 transport jet recently tested a new technology that could help aviators stay on course even if the satellite-based Global Positioning System (GPS) that much of modern-day aviation relies on is compromised.