Military Plane Crash: KC-130 Aircraft Has History of Use During War

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Military Plane Crash: KC-130 Aircraft Has History of Use During War
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The type of military transport plane that crashed into a Mississippi field Monday afternoon, killing all 16 service members on board, has a long reputation for being a workhorse aircraft — one that has played a key role during global conflicts.

The Lockheed Martin-designed KC-130 is used to refuel other jets in mid-air and on the ground, and is also employed for cargo hauling.

“They’re incredibly safe and have an impeccable safety record,” said Anthony Roman, a former corporate pilot and aviation security expert with Roman & Associates.

The KC-130T was being flown by members of the Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452 (VMGR-452) based in Newburgh, New York, officials said. It had left Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina to carry personnel and equipment to Naval Air Facility El Centro in Southern California.

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