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01-30-2005, 10:42 AM
This could be bad. These planes can carry quite a few troops.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A British military transport plane crashed northwest of Baghdad on Sunday, British and U.S. officials said.

A spokesman for Britain’s Defense Ministry said he had no details about where the C-130 Hercules transport plane had come down, what had caused it to crash or whether there were any casualties.

U.S. officials said the plane crashed near the Iraqi capital, and media reports said the aircraft was on its way to the city of Balad from Baghdad when it crashed.

“I can confirm that a C-130 aircraft has crashed,” the British spokesman said. “It was reported at 1725 local time (9:25 a.m. ET) but we have no details about cause, location or casualties.”

Hercules transport planes can carry military equipment or large numbers of passengers.

British and U.S. troops were helping Iraqi forces ensure security on Sunday as Iraqis voted in the first national election since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003.

Insurgents opposed to the election had threatened to kill anyone who tried to vote, and there were at least nine suicide bomb attacks in Baghdad.

Last Wednesday, 30 U.S. marines and one sailor were killed when an American military helicopter crashed close to the Jordanian border.

01-30-2005, 10:48 AM
Whoa, those C-130'2 are huge. Thats kind of a major deal.
The Brit's won't be to happy.

01-30-2005, 10:51 AM
A C-130 typically carries a crew of 4-6 and 62 soldiers.

01-30-2005, 12:16 PM

01-30-2005, 01:52 PM
Just a little update. The British military could possibly more than double their casualty rate with this.

Britain’s Royal Air Force flies several versions of the American-built C-130 Hercules aircraft, which is mainly used to carry troops, passengers and freight. The older C-130K model has a crew of five or six and carries up to 128 troops. The newer C-130J version has a crew of three and can also carry up to 128 infantry. The RAF has some 60 Hercules aircraft, about half of which are newer planes.

The British military has reported 76 deaths since the start of the Iraq war. Six British crew members and on American were killed when two Royal Navy helicopters crashed over the northern Persian Gulf on March 22, 2003.

01-30-2005, 08:15 PM
Latest update

The crash occurred at around 5:25 p.m. about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad, a spokesman for the British Ministry of Defense.

Press Association quoted unidentified military sources saying the death toll was “around 10” and it was “highly unlikely” to be more than 15. A Ministry of Defense spokesman said late Sunday that military officials were still trying to reach families of those involved.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the crash, which occured about a half hour after polls closed in Iraq’s elections