March 28, 2014
As a stunned military views the crash of the IAF tactical transporter, C130-J, 75 miles west of Gwalior airbase in Madhya Pradesh, killing five, the Chief of IAF is said to have ordered an inquiry on the possible cause related to the mishap. While this is unprecedented, it shows the shock generated following the crash. “This cannot happen to a C170J, thought it was a cruel joke,’ an IAF official told AerospaceDiary.
Recent crashes of the C170 were in Norway and Italy.
Understandably, there has been no comment from Lockheed Martin as yet.
While speculation would be out of place at this point, the C-130J that has an infrared detection set that permits precision low-level flying, could have suffered a failure of aerostructures that could be one or many of the following- in the wing, airframe or cockpit, said an engineer to AerospaceDiary. “This could lead to a failure in the fly-by-wire and other critical systems.” AerospaceDiary could not confirm this.
So, while we may never know, was this flight a part of an experiment to mount a local system that could have created a structural imbalance leading to severe displacement of the center of gravity? Again, we cannot confirm this.
An example cited by another official was when a few years ago, a SU-30 fly-by-wire had quadruple redundancy following breaking of one angle of attack. “Could there be a commonality in the supplier of the Boeing 777 and the C130 aerostructural supplier,”? we are asked. That, we feel, might be going too far. but truth is stranger than fiction.
What could NOT have happened?
· Major bird hits in a 4-engine aircraft is remote
· Mission computer failure is unlikely
· Under tangling of undercarriage (as in Jaguars) ruled out because the aircraft was in the air