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C-130 accident investigation board complete

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNEWS) -- Air Mobility Command officials released Feb. 9 the results of their investigation into the July 17 accident involving a C-130 Hercules deployed from the 43rd Airlift Wing at Pope AFB, N.C., during a night landing at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

The aircrew flying the C-130E was deployed from the 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

The accident investigation board, convened by AMC, concluded the primary cause of the mishap was pilot and crew error.

The mishap occurred when the aircrew used aggressive braking and taxied at a high speed after landing. This resulted in mechanical failure in three of the aircraft's four brakes and led to a fire in one of its wheel wells. Firefighters immediately extinguished the fire when the aircraft stopped, but extensive damage was done to the left side of the C-130.

The crew and 56 passengers were uninjured and safely evacuated the aircraft.

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