Air Force C-130 Crashes

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 1, 2005 - Nine people are believed to have been aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane based at the Mildenhall Royal Air Force base in England that reportedly crashed while on a joint training mission with the Albanian military, U.S. European Command officials report.

A EUCOM news release said the crash reportedly occurred in a remote, mountainous area east of the Albanian capital of Tirana, and that search crews are making their way to the area. No report was yet available on the status of those aboard.

The C-130 has been the Air Force's tactical airlift workhorse since 1959. Basic and specialized versions of the aircraft airframe perform a diverse number of roles, including airlift support, Antarctic resupply, aeromedical missions, weather reconnaissance, aerial spray missions, fire-fighting duties for the U.S. Forest Service and natural disaster relief missions.