Losses and Aviation Safety

Brazilian Air Force C-130H makes belly landing after inflight emergency

The landing occurred after the C-130H suffered an emergency during a flight from Manaus to Brasília

The photo in this post shows Brazilian Air Force (Força Aérea Brasileira, FAP) C-130H #2474 after emergency belly landing at Air Wing 2 base in Anápolis with 45 crew and passengers on board.

According C-130.net, the landing occurred on the evening of Sep. 6, 2018 after the aircraft suffered an emergency during a flight from Manaus to Brasília.

During the emergency landing sparks were generated by the friction of the fuselage of the C-130 with the the runway.

A Brazilian Air Force investigation into the circumstances surrounding the mishap is underway.

The venerable Hercules entered FAP in 1964, when the first three C-130Es arrived at Base Aérea do Galeão. In 1965, the first five C-130Es began operations with the 1º/1º Grupo de Transporte, and in 1968 another three aircraft would join the fleet; in that year, the Brazilian C-130Es completed 10,000 flight hours, most of them bringing supplies from abroad.

In 1975 and 1976, three C-130Hs and two KC-130Hs were received. The H version differs from the E by having more powerful engines and strengthened wings. As reported by History of the Brazilian Air Force, they were initially assigned to the 2º/1º Grupo de Transporte de Tropa, based at Base Aérea dos Afonsos, where they replaced the C-115 Buffalo. As well as ferrying supplies, the C-130Hs were also regularly employed training the Brazilian Army parachute troops. The KC-130Hs entered in service simultaneously with the Northrop F-5E Tiger II, which was the first FAB fighter fitted with an air-to-air-refuelling probe. These two air assets greatly contributed to increase the service operational capability.

Photo credit: Photographer Unknown

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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