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Newly acquired IAF aircraft C-130J Super Hercules crashed near Gwalior

The newly-acquired US-made C-130J Super Hercules Special Operations transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed near Gwalior. All the five members of the crew died in the incident.

Recently, India has inducted six C-130J Super Hercules aircraft, which were bought from the US at the cost of around Rs 6000 crore (USD 1.1 billion) three years ago. The per unit cost of the aircraft comes to around Rs 1,000 crore

 IAF’s C-130J Super Hercules aircraft

  • Acquired by India in 2010 from the US.
  • Used in a major show of stresngth against China when its troops pitched tents in Ladakh’s Daulat Beg Oldie sector in 2013.
  • Maximum load of 6 pallets or 74 litters or 16 CDS bundles or 92 combat troops or 64 paratroopers, or a combination of any of these up to the cargo compartment capacity or maximum allowable weight.
  • Powered by four Rolls Royce AE2100 engines and Dowty six bladed props which provide the aircraft with tremendous power.
  • Can fly at an altitude of 28,000 feet (8,615 meters) with the maximum payload of 42,000 pounds (19,090 kilograms) and has a top speed of 417 mph/362 ktas (Mach 0.59).
  • Range at maximum normal payload is 2,071 miles (1,800 nautical miles).
  • Equipped with an Infrared Detection Set (IDS) and an air-to-air receiver refueling capability for extended range operations.
  • Could perform precision low-level flying, airdrops and landing in blackout conditions.

Self-protection systems and other features are included to ensure aircraft survivability in hostile air defence environments.

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Malaysia Airlines MH370 incident

The Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from air traffic control screens off Malaysia’s east coast early on March 8, as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

As per the recent analysis of satellite data, Inmarsat and UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) have concluded that flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean. The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has resumed after weather conditions in the southern Indian Ocean improved.

About Malaysia Airlines MH370 Flight Incident

  • Flight MH370 to Beijing took off from Kuala Lumpur.
  • It diverted from its planned flight path and contact between the plane and ground controllers ceased less than an hour after take-off; no distress signal or message was sent.
  • After the last contact with air traffic controllers, all on-board communications ceased when the plane’s transponder was switched off.
  • Plane’s movements picked up by different countries’ military radar and satellites after this, providing incomplete information about its course.
  • No debris from the Boeing 777-200ER has been recovered despite an international search involving the navies and air forces of several Asian nations as well as the United States.
  • Many countries viz.
  • A multinational search effort has focused on seas some 2,500km to the southwest of the Australian city of Perth.
  • Now, sophisticated analysis of satellite data has narrowed down the search area – but this is still a vast area of the Indian Ocean.
  • Six countries viz. Australia, New Zealand, the US, Japan, China and South Korea – are sending aircraft or ships to the search area.
  • The reasons for the loss of the flight remain a mystery.

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