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Errors and Omissions
Jan 03, 2012 - 03:10 AM
Erroneous information on this mishap
There was no mid-air collision. This aircraft was flown in formation with aircraft tail number 82966 (also of the 34 TFS/388 TFW), 994 as wingman, 966 as lead, when lightning struck aircraft 82966. The bolt arced from wingtip of 966 to pitot tube of 994. External wing tanks on both aircraft exploded, which damaged control surfaces. The lightning charge also arced to and damaged the bus that was common for fuel system, air data, and flight controls. 994's flight controls ceased to function, the pilot ejected. The flight controls of 966 were down to one channel, but worked. 966 was landed at Hill by the pilot. 994 was never fully recovered, it sunk through the lake bottom. However, enough pieces were recovered to deduce the series of events described above, along with the evidence available from 966.
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