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British C-130J-30 Military Transport Aircraft Crash-Landed In Iraq After Picking Up UK And US Troops In Syria

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British C-130J-30 Military Transport Aircraft Crash-Landed In Iraq After Picking Up UK And US Troops In Syria

A С-130J-30 military transport aircraft of the British Air Force. FILE IMAGE: David K – IOM

A C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft has crashed in Iraq during an apparent special forces mission, Jane’s Defence Weekly says.

The incident took place in August 2017 during a military operation of the US-led coalition against ISIS near the city of Raqqah in Syria.

According to reports, the C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft, serial number ZH873, picked up US and UK troops at a desert airstrip in Syria and returned to Iraq where it suffered a heavy landing at an airbase near the northern city of Erbil.

No casualties among servicemen have been reported.

This was the first air loss of the UK during Operation Shader – the codename for the country’s participation in operations of the US-led coalition against ISIS.

The UK Defense Ministry has declined to comment on the incident. However, military sources confirm that this C-130J-30 Super Hercules military transport aircraft was disposed.

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