Nose cap and ‘angle of attack’ to blame for Weston Hils air crash

A report into a USAF fighter jet which crashed in Weston Hills has blamed its "angle of attack" and nose cap "imperfections".  Photo by Tim Wilson.
A report into a USAF fighter jet which crashed in Weston Hills has blamed its "angle of attack" and nose cap "imperfections". Photo by Tim Wilson.
0
Have your say

A report into why a US fighter jet crashed on farmland near homes and a primary school has blamed “imperfections” in the nose cap and “the angle of attack”.

Investigators from an Independent Aircraft Investigation Board released their findings today in a 24-page report just over five months after the crash of a

Us Air Force F-15D Eagle aircraft valued at £28.6 million.

The board’s president, Colonel Russell D. Driggers was said to have found “clear and convincing evidence“ that the crash was caused by a combination of two factors:-

- “the angle of attack of the aircraft at the time;

- “imperfections in the aircraft’s nose cap assembly.”

The pilot from the USAF’s 48th Fighter Wing based at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk ejected safely from the aircraft, suffering only minor injuries.

No one on the ground was injured as a result of the crash on October 8 last year which caused disruption in Weston Hills for almost a week.

For the full story, read Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.