Accident Lockheed C-130J-30 Super Hercules 5630, Thursday 15 March 2012
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Date:Thursday 15 March 2012
Type:Silhouette image of generic C30J model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed C-130J-30 Super Hercules
Owner/operator:Royal Norwegian Air Force - RNoAF
Registration: 5630
MSN: 5630
Year of manufacture:2010
Total airframe hrs:856 hours
Engine model:Rolls-Royce AE2100D3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Mount Kebnekaise -   Sweden
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Harstad-Narvik-Evenes Airport (EVE/ENEV)
Destination airport:Kiruna Airport (KRN/ESNQ)
Investigating agency: SHK
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
A Lockheed C-130J Hercules military transport plane was destroyed when it flew into the side of a glacier near Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden. All five on board were killed.
The flight departed Harstad-Narvik-Evenes Airport (EVE) at 13:41 on a flight to Kiruna Airport (KRN). It was part of a three ship formation in the exercise Cold Response 2012 where three aircraft were to fly to Kiruna to pick up personnel and gear. A German Air Force Transall C-160 had taken off at 13:30 and arrived at Kiruna as planned. Last radio contact with C-130J 5630 was at 14:43 with Kiruna Tower and radar contact was lost at 14:56.
Search operations are hampered by cloud cover and poor visibility due to strong winds. The wreckage was finally located on March 17, at 08:30. Debris was scattered on the side of a glacier.
The investigation into the cause of the accident showed a.o. that the GPWS/TAWS system operated in 'Tactical' mode and thus did not provide warnings to the crew about the terrain. Also, the airplane operated outside Swedish radar coverage

The accident was caused by the crew on HAZE 01 not noticing to the shortcomings in the clearances issued by the air traffic controllers and to the risks of following these clearances, which resulted in the aircraft coming to leave controlled airspace and be flown at an altitude that was lower than the surrounding terrain.
The accident was rendered possible by the following organisational shortcomings in safety:
- The Norwegian Air Force has not ensured that the crews have had sufficiently safe working methods for preventing the aircraft from being flown below the minimum safe flight level on the route.
- LFV has not had sufficiently safe working methods for ensuring, partly, that clearances are only issued within controlled airspace during flight under IFR unless the pilot specifically requests otherwise and, partly, that relevant flight information is provided.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: SHK
Report number: Report RM 2013:02
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Download report: Final report





photo (c) Forsvarets mediesenter / Forsvarets spesialstyrker / FSK HJK MJK; Mount Kebnekaise; 17 March 2012

photo (c) Forsvarets mediesenter / Luftforsvaret; Mount Kebnekaise; 17 March 2012

photo (c) SHK; 2012

photo (c) SHK; 2012

photo (c) SHK; 2012

photo (c) Tom Svendsen; Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (OSL/ENGM); 15 September 2010

photo (c) Tom Svendsen; Oslo-Gardermoen Airport (OSL/ENGM); 15 September 2010

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