Jackson Hole, WY Military Cargo Plane Crash, Aug 1996

CRASH VICTIMS ARE IDENTIFIED.

9 DIE IN PLANE CARRYING SUPPLIES FOR THE PRESIDENT.

Washington -- A military cargo plane that accompanied President Clinton on his vacation trip to Jackson, Wyo., crashed late Saturday night with nine people on board just after it took off the New York with presidential vehicles and other gear, military officials said.
Officials at the crash site, a steep mountainside in the Bridger-Teton National Forest, said late Sunday that there were no survivors. Eight Air Force crew membrs from Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Texas, and a Secret Service employee were on board the C-130 cargo plane, which was headed to New York City, where President Clinton attended a 50th birthday celebration in his honor last night.
The Air Force and the Secret Service identified the crash victims as:
Air Force Capt. KEVIN EARNEST.
Capt. KIMBERLY JO WIELHOUWER.
2nd Lt. BENJAMIN HALL.
Staff Sgt. MICHAEL SMITH, JR.
Staff Sgt. MICHAEL YORK.
Senior Airman RICKY MERRITT.
Senior Airman BILLY OGSTON.
Airman THOMAS STEVENS.
Secret Service Agent ALDO FRASCOIA, 57, of Washington, D.C.
The cause of the crash is unknown. It occurred about 11:48 p.m. EDT Saturday about 15 miles southeast of Jackson Hole Airport in rugged, remote terrain near the top of Sheep Mountain, known locally as Sleeping Indian Mountain, in the Grand Teton range.
It took rescuers more than three hours on foot and horseback to reach the wreckage early Sunday morning.
Airport officials in Jackson Hole said Sunday they did not know whether the plane was off course because its departure was not tracked on radar.
Clinton left by helicopter from Jackson, where he vacationed last week, several hours before the crash.

Gazette Cedar Rapids Iowa 1996-08-19

Comments

Transcribed as written

That may well be.

Our article, however, is transcribed as it appeared in the Gazette Cedar Rapids Iowa on August 19, 1996.

Great story, but totally false

This quote attributed to the accident mission co-pilot does not appear anywhere in the Cockpit Voice Recorder transcript or the USAF accident report (nearly 700 pages). Nor does the reported aircraft-to-aircraft communication. Further, the accident airplane did execute a left hand turn after departing to the south. This was a tragic accident. Please don't trivialize it with anecdotes that are clearly false.

C-130 Jackson Hole crash

The story I have heard about this C-130 is as follows: There was a Delta Airlines plane waiting behind the C-130 to take off after the C-130. Over the radio the Delta Captain heard people warning the pilots of the C-130 not to turn right because of the mountain that was near the end of the runway. The female pilot in the C-130 was heard to say, "I'm tired of you guys telling me what to do and how to fly this plane." The C-130 went down the runway, turned right instead of left and flew right into the mountain they were warned about. End of story.