IAF’s Super Hercules plane crashes near Gwalior, 4 commandos killed

GWALIOR: At least four commandos were killed as an Indian Air Force’s newly-acquired C-130J Super Hercules special operations aircraft crashed near Gwalior, officials said.


The plane, carrying an unknown number of people, crashed 72 km west of Gwalior on the Madhya Pradesh-Rajasthan border.


Four commandos have been killed as reported so far and rescue operations are underway.


India had signed a $1.2 billion contract with the United States in 2008 for buying six C-130J planes. The IAF has plans to place a follow-on order for six more.


The Super Hercules planes are operated by 15 countries including the air forces of the US, the UK, Australia, Canada, Denmark and Italy.


IAF had landed the C130J at the world’s highest airstrip in northeastern Ladakh on August 20, 2013