April 28, 2013
The U.S. Air Force has confirmed today that a MC-12 LIBERTY reconnaissance aircraft assigned to the 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan crashed on Saturday, April 27, 2013, killing all four of the planes crew. The cause of the crash is currently under investigation, although sources claim that the crash was not caused by Taliban fire.
According to the USAF, the twin-engine turboprob MC-12 reconnaissance aircraft crashed in Zabul province, 110 miles northeast of Kandahar airfiield.
The MC-12, which is a heavily modified version of the Hawker Beechcraft Super King Air 350 and Super King 350ER civilian aircraft, is a tactical reconnaissance aircraft carrying advanced signals intelligence (SIGINT) intercept and electro-optical infrared (EO/IR) sensors.
The USAF 361st Expeditionary Reconnaissance Squadron has been flying reconnaissance missions with some 24 MC-12 LIBERTY aircraft against Taliban targets through the Regional Command South area of responsibility (Helmand, Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan Provinces) since it was activated at Kandahar airfield on May 1, 2010.
The 361st ERS just celebrated surpassing 100,000 combat flight hours in Afghanistan since May 2010, which is a remarkable accomplishment since it was accomplished without any losses before this weekend.
- matthewaid posted this