Indian Air force’s most modern special operations C-130J aircraft crashed on 28th march 2014, during a low level tactical training mission.
The aircraft was inducted into the Air force from 2010 (It was among 6 aircrafts inducted into the Air force at a cost of $962 million)
The aircraft number KC3803 was commanded by wing Commander Prashant Joshi, the Second-in command of the 77 “Veiled Vipers” squadron. He along with three other pilots on board, including one undergoing training, died in the accident. (The “Vieled Vipers” is a special Squadron formed for these aircrafts in 2010 after inducting the aircrafts into the Indian Air force. The Fleet Motto is ‘kill with stealth ‘and mission is quick deployment of Special Forces).
The plane had taken off from Agra, as a part of a two aircraft formation, for carrying out low-level flying training. The plane crashed 116 km west of Gwalior.
This Aircraft has participated in Sikkim Quake (2011), Uttarakhand floods relief operations (2013) and even in hunt for MH370 Malaysian plane.
On August 2013, Indian Air Force (IAF) made a world record of landing C-130J super Hercules transport aircraft in Daulat Beg Oldie (DBO), Ladakh at high altitude of 5065 m.
The Hercules family has the longest continuous production run of any military aircraft history. During more than 50 years of services, the family has participated in military, civilian and humanitarian aid operations.
Fifteen nations are having C-130J aircrafts inducted in their Air Force.
The Indian Air Force purchased six C-130J-30’s in 2010 for its special operation forces in a package deal with the US Government under Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program.
FMS Program: The US Department of defence’s FMS program facilities sales of US arms, defence equipment, services and military training to foreign governments.
The C130J is known as tough aircraft capable of landing in short, unprepared runways even in night conditions.
This is second incident in the history of a C-130J crash. The previous crash of C-130J was in 2012, when Norwegian Air plane crashed into a mountain range. This accident was attributed to air traffic control and pilot error.