Sat, Dec 17, 2011
Mentions Oxygen System Problems, But Cites Pilot Error As The
Cause Of The Accident
The USAF has released its official report on an accident which
occurred November 16th of last year in Alaska in which a
pilot was lost and an F-22 Raptor was destroyed.
In the report, the Air Force says that during the flight At the
fire protection system (FPS) detected a bleed air leak in the
center bleed air ducting from both engines. In response to the FPS,
the Integrated Vehicle Subsystem Controller (IVSC) asserted the C
BLEED HOT caution ICAW while it requested the Environment Control
System (ECS) to isolate the center bleed system. “CAUT”
was displayed in the heads up display (HUD) advising the pilot of
the caution ICAW.
The report seems to indicate that the pilot may have attempted
to start the flow of emergency oxygen to his face mask, but was
unable to do so. "The lack of airflow to the (pilot's) oxygen mask
and the fact that the mask was up and secured in place at the time
of impact suggests the (pilot) would have attempted to activate the
EOS for continued airflow. However, analysis of the EOS from the
wreckage determined it was not activated," the report reads.
The report suggests that the distraction caused by trying to
activate the emergency oxygen system was the primary cause of the
accident. It says the pilot input a combination of right forward
stick and right pedal which initiated a 240 degree descending right
roll at greater than 45 degrees per second. "At the completion of
these stick and pedal inputs (the pilot) had rolled through
inverted, experienced less than 1 g of gravitational force, and
went from a RWD to LWD attitude, and the descent rate of the
aircraft significantly increased.
These control inputs appeared to be inadvertent because:
- They had no clear goal or objective.
- They resulted in an unusual attitude.
- During ground simulation, when the pilot member repositioned
his torso to visually
- acquire the manual EOS activation ring, he inadvertently
actuated the stick and
- The MP (pilot) made no attempt to correct the MA’s
(aircraft's) unusual attitude for 30 seconds after
- completion of these inputs.
"The inadvertent operation of the flight controls placed the
(aircraft) in an unusual attitude which was unnoticed by the MP.
This resulted in the MP’s unrecognized spatial
The report does list several factors it calls "non-contributory"
to the accident, including sudden incapacity or unconsciousness,
efforts of G-Forces, and hypoxia. The report says the evidence does
not support any of those factors as contributing to the
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