MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A military aircraft crashed in Mississippi on Monday, killing 16 people on board, and Maxwell Air Force Base is closely following the investigation into that crash.
Maxwell's 908th Airlift Wing flies a similar aircraft to the Marine plane that crashed in Mississippi. The one that crashed is a KC-130. It is used by the Marine Corps for logistical support and mid air refueling of other aircraft. The 908th Air Lift Wing flies the C-130. An earlier version of the plane used a cargo carrier by the Air Force.
Colonel Ken Ostrat, 908th commander, says they are following the investigation closely in case there is any concern related to the aircraft that could have contributed to the crash. If there is, they will work to make sure the 908th fleet is safe.
"Anything that might've happened to that aircraft would be of concern to us, if it's determined in the crash investigation that it could be applicable to our fleet as well. And then, of course, we're also concerned with fellow aviators and the families and the losses that they've suffered," said Colonel Ostrat.
Colonel Ostrat says the C-130s have a phenomenal safety record, with the Air Force fleet having about 20 million hours of flying and very few crashes.
The Mississippi crash is the deadliest Marine Corps aviation accident since 2005, when 31 Marines were killed in a CH-35 crash in al-Anbar Province in Iraq.