Again, a crash for the Indian Air Force
India continues its unfortunate list of crashes and danger situations as a C-130 crashed. This is the third crash of a C-130, but unfortunately, it adds to the list of Indian crashes. Some say training and maintenance are key issues that are not tackled by the Indian air force. This is what happened with this crash. A Lockheed Martin C-130J operated by the Indian air force has crashed 72 miles west of the Indian city of Gwailor. The aircraft had departed Agra at 10:00 local time for a training mission, says India’s ministry of defence in a brief statement. A court of enquiry into the crash has been ordered. According to Indian media reports five air force officers were killed in the crash. New Delhi obtained six C-130Js under a 2008 deal conducted under the US foreign military sales (FMS) mechanism. In late 2013, New Delhi finalised an order for six additional examples. Indian air force C-130J tactical transports are configured for special mission roles and are fitted with an infrared detection set, enabling precision low-level flying, airdrops and landing in blackout conditions. The aircraft are also equipped with air-to-air refuelling capability and have been used extensively for humanitarian relief tasks, operating under austere field conditions. This is the third crash involving the C-130J. On 15 March 2012, a Norwegian air force C-130 crashed into a mountain. An investigation revealed that the terrain-warning settings were not adequate to detect the presence of Sweden’s Kebnekaise mountain before the aircraft collided with the peak. Owing to the high latitude, above 60°N, there was no terrain database available for the forward-looking terrain-awareness system.