Marines ground KC-130T fleet

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    Marines ground KC-130T fleet indefinitely following deadly crash


    By COREY DICKSTEIN | STARS AND STRIPES Published: July 27, 2017

    WASHINGTON — The Marine Corps Reserve has grounded its fleet of KC-130T tanker-transport aircraft indefinitely in the wake of the deadly crash earlier this month in Mississippi, a Marine spokeswoman said Thursday.

    The stand-down of the service’s 12 KC-130Ts was ordered “out of an abundance of caution” as investigators continued to work to determine what led to the July 10 downing of the aircraft into the Mississippi Delta during a cross-country flight, said Marine 2nd Lt. Stephanie L. Leguizamon, a spokeswoman for Marine Forces Reserve. The crash was the deadliest Marine aircraft incident in more than a decade, leaving 15 Marines and a sailor dead.

    The KC-130Ts are all based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, N.Y., and belong to Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron 452, Marine Air Group 49, 4th Marine Aircraft Wing.

    It was not clear Thursday when the Marines stopped flying the bulky turbo-prop airplanes, which are built by Lockheed Martin, Leguizamon said. She said she also could not say how long the stand-down would last.

    I think its funny how we ground stuff after a crash or two, its just some commander trying to his save his butt from being on the nightly news.