Accident Lockheed KC-130R Hercules 160021, Wednesday 9 January 2002
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Date:Wednesday 9 January 2002
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Lockheed KC-130R Hercules
Owner/operator:United States Marine Corps
Registration: 160021
MSN: 4702
Year of manufacture:1976
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Shamsi -   Pakistan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Jacobabad Airport (JAG/OPJA)
Destination airport:Shamsi
Narrative:
A USMC Lockheed KC-130R Hercules transport plane was destroyed in an accident near Shamsi, Pakistan. All seven crew members were killed.
The crew had requested a non-standard approach night time from the northeast, possibly because they were running half an hour late.
This request was denied as USMC aircraft were only allowed to land from the southwest to avoid overflying Shamsi at night. The crew then circled over a ridge with their altitude dropping to 3200 feet below the minimum safe altitude.
The airplane struck a mountainside at 3800 feet. The crew likely became disoriented while attempting the night landing.
The aircraft was attached to VMGR-352, MCAS Miramar, California.

Sources:

KC-130 crashes in Pakistan (Headquarters United States Central Command, News Release 01-02)
Marine Air Transporter (MCATA), January 2002
Air Forces Monthly, August 2002

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