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C-130 crash lands, wing tip breaks off, in CA as aftermath caught on video

Private C-130 crash in Santa Barbara, Calif. on Aug. 25, 2019. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department/Twitter)
August 26, 2019

A Lockheed C-130 aircraft crashed on a runway in southern California late Sunday night with seven passengers on board — all of whom escaped unscathed.

The plane had taken off from Santa Maria, Calif. and was bound for Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Arizona, but was forced to make an emergency landing around 10:30 p.m. local time at Santa Barbara Airport where it skidded off the runway and crashed, then catching on fire, CBS News reported Monday morning.

Seven people were on board and all escaped without injuries.

“A Private C-130 aircraft made an emergency landing, crashed and caught fire at the Santa Barbara Airport at 10:13 p.m. Sunday. 7 souls aboard/escaped w no injuries,” tweeted Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Eliason, along with a video of crews extinguishing the flames.

The plane reportedly encountered hydraulic issues that prompted the emergency diversion and landing.

One Twitter user said that according to the air traffic control recording, “C-130 was down to 3 engines and had hydraulic failure. Pilot said he had no flaps and made some s-turns to lose altitude on approach.”

Part of the plane’s wing broke on impact and the crash caused fuel to spill.

The damage the wings prompted crews to bring in a crane to stabilize them before moving the plane.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be launching an investigation into the incident.

The plane is owned by International Air Response, a Mesa, Ariz.-based company specializing in special applications with aircraft, including using C-130s, which are used for oil spill cleanup, disaster relief, and more.

A United Airlines flight was diverted after the crash.

The airport also canceled all flights Monday morning, though they are expected to resume around noon.

Video from the airport on Monday morning shows long lines of passengers waiting for flights to resume.

Santa Maria Airport General Manager Chris Hastert told KEYT News that C-130s generally do not land at or take off from the airport at night.

This article was updated to reflect that the tip of the plane’s wing broke off, not the entire wing. American Military News regrets this error.