Sumit 38 crash site
Posted by: muddawber
N 43° 06.082 W 114° 57.487
11T E 666159 N 4774095
Quick Description: A jet crash few of the locals remember much about.
Location: Idaho, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2006 9:29:28 PM
Waymark Code: WMRBK
On May 13, 1995, after dropping off fifteen reservists in Boise, Idaho, a C-130 Hercules was on its way back to Peterson Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, CO. when a fire erupted in one of its engines which resulted in a horrific crash in the desert about 11 miles north of Bliss, Id.
All six members from the 302nd Airlift Wing of the USAF reserve died in the resulting explosive crash. There isn't much left of the plane to mark where the doomed flight went down. A few small parts and pieces strung out in about a hundred yard long stretch and a monument placed by family members.
This is what was said by one of the recovery crew:
"The cause of the crash was that the number 2 (inside left wing) engine had a buggy undertemp sensor, causing the crew to enrich the fuel mixture, leading to an actual engine overtemp. One of the fuel lines ruptured or melted, causing the fire, and one of the crewmen hit the fire carts, but the fire re-erupted moments later, and there were no more extinguishers available for that engine. One of the pins that was supposed to melt in an engine fire, releasing the engine from the AC, failed to release the engine properly, while another worked properly. Still half connected to the wing hard point, the engine torqued at an awkward angle, causing severe wing and fuselage damage, which led to the crash.
Sumit 38 was known to be a buggy aircraft, and had been gone over again and again, but no one could ever find the problem with the engine temp sensor. The reality is that a lot of the aircrew at Peterson AFB didn't like flying Sumit 38 for that very reason."
AC CC: Lt. Col. Robert Buckout
Pilot: 1st Lt. Lance Daugherty
Navigator: Capt. Geoffery Boyd
Flight Engineer: CMSgt. Jimmy Vail
Loadmaster: MSgt. Jay Kemp
Loadmaster: SSgt. Michael Scheideman
Date of Crash: 05/13/1995
Aircraft Model: C-130 Hercules
Military or Civilian: Military
Tail Number: 62-1838
Cause of Crash:
Web Address for Related Web Sites: Not listed
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