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Last updated: 18 November 2018
Date:Monday 10 July 2017
Time:ca 16:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed KC-130T Hercules
Operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 165000
C/n / msn: 5303
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:11 km (6.9 mls) WSW of Itta Bena, MS (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cherry Point MCAS, NC (KNKT), United States of America
Destination airport:El Centro-Naval Air Field, CA (NJK/KNJK), United States of America
A USMC Reserve KC-130T Hercules impacted a soybean field and burst into flames. All 16 on board were killed.
The aircraft originated from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C., to transport personnel and equipment to Naval Air Field El Centro, California.
Eyewitnesses reported observing the aircraft spiraling down before it impacted the ground. Officials reported that the aircraft experienced an emergency at cruising altitude and left two debris fields a mile apart.

Loss of control (presumed)

» USMC Press Release
» Military Times
» Marine Plane Had Emergency at High Altitude, General Says (New York Times, 12-7-2017)


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Distance from Cherry Point MCAS, NC to El Centro-Naval Air Field, CA as the crow flies is 3543 km (2214 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Lockheed C-130

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