Hawaii F-15 crash update: Both rudders failed

Remember the Hawaii Air National Guard F-15 that crashed about 60 miles off the coast of Oahu on 2 February?

The Associated Press this morning reports on the cause.

An Accident Investigation Board convened by Pacific Air Forces said both rudders on the plane, which are used to control the jet’s direction, failed.
That’s most likely due to the failure of a device called the Aileron-Rudder Interconnect, which controls whether the plane goes up or down and right or left, Pacific Air Forces said in a news release.
Since investigators were unable to recover the plane, they based their findings on interviews with the pilot and flight data automatically transmitted to Oahu.
The report found no connection between the Oahu crash and that of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C that broke apart during a training flight in November.

The Honolulu Advertiser also printed a good story.


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