What Air Force plane just crashed in Afghanistan? – Fatal Accident in Afghanistan in 2020 Caused by Engine Failure and Crew Error
What Air Force plane just crashed in Afghanistan?
MilitaryEzyInfo.com – According to a report released by the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, the cause of an aircraft accident in Afghanistan in late January turned out to be a crew error after an engine failure. Two Air Force pilots aboard a Bombardier E-11A aircraft were killed.
Lt. Col. Paul Voss, 46, and Capt. Ryan Phaneuf, 30, was assigned to the 430th Expeditionary Electronic Warfare Squadron in Afghanistan at the time.
An investigation by the Air Force Air Combat Command found that one pilot was on a combat mission and the other pilot was on a qualification training mission. The two had never flown together before.
The plane took off shortly after 11 a.m. on January 27, but an hour and 45 minutes later, one of the engines failed catastrophically. The fan blade came apart and the left engine shut down.
According to the report, they heard a noise in the cockpit and then felt a tremor. However, Voss and Phaneuf mistakenly believed that the right engine, not the plane’s left engine, was damaged or had failed. As a result, both engines came to an emergency stop.
The plane crashed 38 nautical miles from Bagram Airport and only 17 nautical miles from Kabul International Airport. However, the crew attempted to return to Kandahar Airport, 230 nautical miles away.
Neither pilot could get the engine to work, so they tried to glide back toward Kandahar. Deciding that they did not have enough altitude or speed to return home, they changed course and continued operations at the Sharana base. The aircraft crashed 21 nautical miles away from the base. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilots were killed.
The pilots made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and flew combat missions overseas. Their dedication and courage should be appreciated and remembered.