C-130 J Super Hercules Aircraft crashes

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Delhi: A communication from the Ministry of Defence confirmed that one C-130J Super Hercules Aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed 72 miles west of Gwalior airbase on 28 March 2014. The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hrs for a routine flying training mission.

This is one of the six C-130 J Aircraft that India procured in 2010-11 on a Government to Government deal from Lockheed Martin, USA. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace major that employs about 115,000 people worldwide.

Lockheed Martin describes C-130 J as the most proven aircraft with more than 300 of them delivered to 16 countries. "There is no aircraft in aviation history, either developed or under development, that can match the flexibility, versatility and relevance of the C-130 Hercules. In continuous production longer than any other military aircraft, the C-130 has earned a reputation as a workhorse ready for any mission, anywhere, anytime." claims the Lockheed Martin web site.

Known for its reliability C-130J Super Hercules offers superior performance and new capabilities, with the range and flexibility for every theater of operations and evolving requirements. This rugged aircraft is regularly sent on missions in the harshest environments. The crash of C-130 J baffled aviation experts.

A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident.