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Last updated: 6 December 2021
Date:Saturday 10 October 1970
Time:ca 21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules
Operator:Saturn Airways
Registration: N9248R
MSN: 4221
First flight: 1967
Engines: 4 Allison 501-D22
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,7 km (1.1 mls) SW of Fort Dix-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH (FFO/KFFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ (WRI/KWRI), United States of America
The Hercules transport plane was on an ILS approach to the McGuire AFB runway 06 in unfavorable weather conditions (1,5 miles visibility in fog with associated light glare). While transitioning from instrument to visual approach reference, the crew became disoriented. They continued the approach until the plane struck the ground 5470 feet short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - improper IFR operation
pilot in command - spatial disorientation
weather - low ceiling
weather - fog
miscellaneous acts,conditions - instruments-misread or failed to read
weather briefing - company dispatch
weather forecast - weather slightly worse than forecast



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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Dayton-Wright Patterson AFB, OH to Wrightstown-McGuire AFB, NJ as the crow flies is 801 km (500 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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