Date & Time: May 21, 2008 at 2144 LT
Type of aircraft:
Beechcraft T-1 Jayhawk
Operator:
Registration:
93-0633
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lubbock - Lubbock
MSN:
TT-90
YOM:
1993
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crew was engaged in a night training flight on behalf of the U.S. Air Force 86th Flying Training Squadron, 47th Flying Training Wing, Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. After several manoeuvres in the vicinity of Lubbock-Preston Smith Airport, crew started an non precision approach to runway 17R. At that time, weather conditions were not so good with rain showers and winds up to forty knots. On final approach, aircraft seems to sink and pitched down. Captain increased both engines power but aircraft hit the ground 1,1 mile short of runway threshold. On impact, nose gear was sheared off and aircraft came to rest. Both pilots were slightly injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Conjunction of poor weather conditions and crew errors.
Aircraft encountered windshear with downburst on descent and crew ignored warnings.
Poor mission planning, inattention, complacency, lack of procedural knowledge, and restricted vision, combined together to place the aircraft in the dangerous weather environment.