IAF 'Super Hercules' in another crash

24 Feb 2017 | By Supriya

A C-130J 'Super Hercules' aircraft which was involved in an unusual accident while taxing at a Ladakh airfield is now the subject of a high-level court inquiry.

The accident left the aircraft badly-damaged as it crashed into a pole and other structures.

Although the accident occurred in mid-December, the Indian Air Force has only now admitted to the Hercules crash in a "ground incident."

In context: Unusual aircraft crash stumps Air Force

IntroductionIndia spends $1 billion for 6 'Super Hercules' aircraft

Since 2010, India has inducted 6 C-130 J 'Super Hercules' aircraft, a military transport plane.

It's a rugged, sturdy aircraft that is used in tough missions and enables Indian Air Force (IAF) to transport combat-ready troops, weapons and humanitarian relief in times of conflict, disasters etc.

In recent years, it was used during Uttarakhand floods.

Freak C-130J crash in March 2014

During a "tactical low-level training sortie" IAF lost a C-130J when it crashed near Gwalior, killing 5 on board. Given its reputation for being a tough, hardy aircraft, the crash shocked IAF as it happened suddenly without a distress signal.
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December 13, 2016Super Hercules crashes in Ladakh

C-130J 'Super Hercules' aircraft crashed while taxing at high-altitude Thoise airfield, Ladakh and was badly damaged.

The plane was under control of elite 'Veiled Vipers' IAF squadron: the incident led to senior pilot, Jasveen Chatrath, being relieved of his command of 77 Squadron based at Hindon airbase.

This is the second crash involving C-130J: India is now left with only 4 'Super Hercules' aircraft.

24 Feb 2017IAF 'Super Hercules' in another crash

What next?Thorough inquiry to study mishap

The C-130J crash occurred as plane strayed away from "the centreline of the taxiway".

The plane had to undergo major repairs for 2 weeks: technicians and spare parts were airlifted to Ladakh to make plane airworthy.

A high-level inquiry will analyze "every possible aspect" to ascertain cause of incident.

Further, revised operating procedures and "pilot orders" may be issued to prevent a repeat.