Damage to Mighty Hercules

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By edhat staff

Edhat subscriber Max Rosenberg shares up-close photos of the damage done to the C130 Hercules plane that crashed at the Santa Barbara Airport Sunday evening.

The aircraft made an emergency landing, crashed and caught fire at 10:13 p.m. There were seven people on board, all of them escaped the plane without injuries.

The airplane is a C-130 Hercules owned by International Air Response and is typically used for disaster relief, including oil spills.

The aircraft is a four-engine turboprop military transport designed and built originally by Lockheed. It's capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft. It's also been used as a gunship (AC-130), for airborne assault, search and rescue, scientific research support, weather reconnaissance, aerial refueling, maritime patrol, and aerial firefighting, according to Wikipedia.

More than 40 versions of the Hercules C-130 operate in more than 60 nations and it overall has a low accident rate.

The Royal Air Force recorded an accident rate of about one aircraft loss per 250,000 flying hours over the last 40 years. USAF C-130A/B/E-models had an overall attrition rate of 5% as of 1989. A total of 70 aircraft were lost by the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps during combat operations in the Vietnam War in Southeast Asia,  according to Wikipedia.

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a-1569194319 Aug 31, 2019 11:36 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

Did it land gear up ? Too bad they didn't fly it to an airport with longer runways.

Eggs Ackley Aug 30, 2019 09:44 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

Looks like a just bit of cosmetic surgery. We're used to seeing that more and more. She'll probably look 10 years younger when they're done.

MaxPilot Aug 29, 2019 11:54 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

I think it will fly away soon. Damage is isolated but funding will make the decision.

tagdes Aug 28, 2019 11:27 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

The news last night said the NTSB had cleared it to be air worthy and due to it's size the company said it will be repaired here.

Z Aug 29, 2019 11:13 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

NTSB doesn't decide airworthiness. After repairs an FAA inspector may declare it airworthy, or order more inspections. Insurability is doubtful.

a-1569194319 Aug 28, 2019 11:11 AM
Damage to Mighty Hercules

Damage does not look too bad and is focused on only a few areas, I'm sure it will be repaired and flown again.

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