MILITARY 910th plane damaged in accident
The C-130H2 hit several concrete barriers, a 910th spokesman said.
By DAVID SKOLNICK
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
VIENNA -- A C-130H2 aircraft assigned to the 910th Airlift Wing at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station received significant damage while deployed overseas as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The damage happened Sunday while maintenance personnel were towing the aircraft off a runway, Master Sgt. Bryan Ripple, the 910th's spokesman said Friday.
Ripple said he couldn't disclose the location of the accident, but 910th personnel have flown personnel and materials in and out of Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan, among other countries, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The towing crew was moving the aircraft when the C-130H2 rolled down an incline and hit several concrete barriers, causing it to receive major damage, Ripple said.
No one was in the airplane when the accident occurred, and no one was injured, he said.
Ripple said he didn't know why the aircraft was being towed, but typically there are three reasons for it to be towed, he said. They are for maintenance, loading or to get it into a hangar because it is located on a small area, he said.
The aircraft cannot fly because of the damage it received, and will be repaired overseas, Ripple said.
"We have every reason to believe this one will be fixed," he said.
However, Ripple didn't know how long that would take.
The 910th has maintenance personnel overseas, but Ripple didn't know if anyone involved in the accident was from the local wing.
A board of Air Force officers are investigating the accident and will determine the cause and the dollar value of the damage, Ripple said. The board has 60 to 90 days to issue a report, he said.
The 910th has 12 C-130 aircrafts. Ripple said he isn't permitted to say how many of them are being used as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom mission.