Skip to comments.9 feared dead in mid-air collision ( 50 miles off coast near San Diego )
Posted on 10/31/2009 10:34:52 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
Investigators are trying to determine why a U.S. Coast Guard C-130 airplane and a U.S. Marine Corps attack helicopter collided on Thursday night, likely killing nine crew members.
Aircraft and ships are scouring the ocean off San Diego for any signs of survivors of the nighttime collision, but Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the crash likely killed both the plane's seven crew members and the two-person crew of the AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter.
Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor said the crash occurred minutes after control of the C-130 was handed off from FAA controllers to military air controllers.
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Apaches and C-130s don’t normally fly at the same altitude. Who was in the wrong airspace?
Apparently the C-130 was searching for a lost boater.
The Coast Guard C-130 was cleared for 900-100 feet searching for a lost boater.
The airspace was controlled by the military and of a type that is restricted during military operations and training but otherwise is open for general aviation.
That should read 900-1000 feet.
Prayers up. Tonk Memorial Coast Guard bump.
What was happening in the control tower just before they crashed?
I know the Cobra doesn’t have TCAS, but I wonder if the C-130 didn’t? I find that invaluable when operating in busy airspace.
Thanks for remembering our FRiend Tonk...
I would say - yes they COastie owns at least some C130 that have TCAS
at least this contract award woudl seem to indicate that
The U.S. Coast Guard requires repair/overhaul services on an as needed basis for the HC130 Traffic Collision and Avoidance System (TCAS) components. A firm fixed-price contract will be awarded for a one-year base period with four one-year option periods. This requirement will be issued as a best value procurement utilizing commercial procedures. This is an unrestricted acquisition. The North American Industry Classification System Code is 334511 and the small business size standard is 750 employees
Beaver Control. I don’t know if they are gov employees or outside contractors.
If the Apache was anywhere other than trail (last) position in that formation, then there should be some well-trained eyewitness to whatever happened -- in addition to memories of some frantic scrambling to avoid further involvement...
Tonk was truly unforgettable.
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Amen to that!
Wife and I spent 5 days days in Gold Beach Ore a few years ago and we made a trip to Coos Bay to find Tonk but he was out of town that day.
The Marine Corps doesn't fly Apaches.
Cobras aren't Apaches.
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