Lagoyda Incident Report

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Investigation Board on Lt. Lagoyda's crash. I asked him to get me the maintenance records on Captain Dunn's plane for the mission when the accident happened. I wanted to check the Part Two of the Form One on his airplane to see exactly how much jet fuel it had taken to refuel his plane after he had parked it back in the revetment that day. When the Chief brought me the Part II of the form for Dunn’s plane for the day of the Flight, my suspicions were confirmed. The Part II of the form showed it had taken 420 gallons of JP-3 jet fuel to refuel the internal tanks on Captain Dunn's plane. Since the F-86-E only carried 435 gallons of usable fuel internally, those records proved that Captain Dunn had only 15 gallons of fuel remaining in his tanks when he shut down his engine after that…show more content…
And of course, as the number four man in the Flight, Lt. Lagoyda had even less. Captain Dunn had lied when he testified about the fuel that he…show more content…
I said that several lieutenants in my Flight had complained to me about Dunn’s inexcusable negligence in that regard, and that I had personally complained to Captain Don Adams, the 16th Squadron Executive Officer about how Dunn was unnecessarily endangering the lives of pilots in Flights that he led. I mentioned that on the day of the crash, there had been no dogfights with the MiGs, the weather had been fine and that there had been no extenuating circumstances that made Captain Dunn keep his Flight airborne until they were all dangerously low on fuel. I opined that the only honest conclusion that the Board could arrive at was that Captain Dunn's negligence had killed Lt. Lagoyda. With that, pandemonium erupted in the room. Finally Major Moore called the members back to order and then addressed himself to
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