Date & Time: Jul 10, 2017 at 1630 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-130 Hercules
Operator:
Registration:
165000
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Refuelling
Survivors:
No
Site:
Plain
Schedule:
Cherry Point - El Centro
MSN:
5303
YOM:
1992
Crew on board:
16
Crew fatalities:
16
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
16
Circumstances:
The aircraft left MCAS Cherry Point-Cunningham Field in the early afternoon for a refueling mission. En route, in unclear circumstances, the aircraft went out of control, dove into the ground and apparently crashed in a flat attitude in a soybeans field located 7 miles southwest of Itta Bena. The airplane was destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and all 16 occupants have been killed. They were en route to NAS El Centro, California. The aircraft was delivered in December 1992.