The 28th C-130J Super Hercules destined for Dyess AFB, Texas, leaves the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant, Georgia (Image © Todd R. McQueen / Lockheed Martin)

USAF Hercules down in Afghanistan, 11 dead

A US Air Force C-130J Super Hercules crashed in the Afghan city of Jalalabad, leaving six crew members and their five civilian passengers dead. The crash happened early in the morning of Friday 2 October at Jalalabad Airport.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but claims about involvement have been made already by the Taliban. US sources however say an accident is likely to have caused the crash. The lost Hercules belonged to the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, part of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing and stationed at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.

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Featured image: A Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules. (Image © LAF Air Base)