Crash grounds Marine planes
WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps has grounded its entire KC130T fleet of cargo planes, the same type of aircraft that crashed earlier this month in western Mississippi, killing all 16 aboard and marking the deadliest aviation accident for the Marines in more than a decade.
“Out of an abundance of caution, the Marine Corps took the prudent action not to fly our KC130T aircraft in the wake of the mishap on July 10 until further notice,” 2nd Lt. Stephanie Leguizamon, a Marine spokesman, said in an email.
The aircraft that crashed on July 10 was from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452. It was flying from an airfield in North Carolina to Yuma, Ariz., to transport six Marines and one sailor from the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, a Special Operations unit, when it went down.