IAF stunned by C-130J Su­per Her­cules crash, LM & USG of­fer help

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Air Force (IAF) has been stunned by the March 28 crash of a C-130J, the third air­craft to be de­liv­ered in a fleet of six that be­gan ar­riv­ing in 2011. As in­ves­ti­ga­tions be­gin into what caused the shock­ing ac­ci­dent that re­sulted in the deaths of all five men on board, man­u­fac­turer Lock­heed Martin and the US Em­bassy have both of­fered to as­sist in the crash probe. Sources tell SP’s M.A.I. the US Em­bassy has of­fered to bring in crash ex­perts trained on the C-130J to con­trib­ute to the ef­fort. As things stand, the IAF has ob­tained the flight data recorder and cock­pit voice recorder and is cur­rently at­tempt­ing to make sense of what hap­pened to the air­craft in those fi­nal mo­ments. The C-130J was on a lowlevel train­ing sor­tie from Agra to Gwalior when it crashed across near the Ra­jasthan-Mad­hya Pradesh bor­der late morn- ing. The crash took place in an open, rocky area on a river bank that was for­tu­nately un­pop­u­lated. Prima fa­cie in­quiries show the air­craft may have brushed a low hill be­fore catch­ing fire and div­ing into the ground. The crew on board the plane were all fully trained, and Wing Com­man­der Prashant Joshi, the se­nior most of­fi­cer on board, was said to be su­per­vis­ing a train­ing flight by Squadron Leader K. Mishra, the only trainee pi­lot on board the ill-fated air­craft. In­dia had re­quested US help for the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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