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India military training plane crash kills five

A new C-130J Hercules cargo plane on a training mission crashed Friday in central India killing all five crew members, an Air Force spokesman said, the latest in a string of military accidents. The plane came down on the outskirts of Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh while on a routine flight, Indian Air Force group captain Gerard Galway told AFP. "We can confirm that all five crew members have died in the crash," he said.

Indian Air force cargo plane with five on board crashes

A C-130J Hercules cargo plane carrying five crew members crashed Friday outside a city in central India, an Air Force spokesman said. Group captain Gerard Galway said the Air Force was looking into the accident that happened on the outskirts of Gwalior in the state of Madhya Pradesh. "Rescue operation is underway. We are trying to find out about the casualties," he told AFP. However, India's NDTV news network said all five on board had died in the accident. The plane was on a routine flight and had taken off from an airbase in the tourist city of Agra.

Cargo plane crash kills five in India

A C-130J Hercules cargo plane crashed Friday in central India killing all five of its crew members, an Air Force spokesman said. The US-made military aircraft came down on the outskirts of Gwalior city in Madhya Pradesh while on a routine flight, group captain Gerard Galway told AFP. "We can confirm that all five crew members have died in the crash," he said. In a statement, the defence ministry said the aircraft crashed at 10:00 am local time (0430 GMT) after taking off from the tourist city of Agra, home to the Taj Mahal.

S. Korea receives two C-130J military transport aircraft

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has received the first batch of two C-130J military transport aircraft from U.S. aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, becoming the 14th country to fly the latest model, the state arms procurement agency said Friday. Seoul in 2010 signed a contract to buy four C-130J Super Hercules to bolster an existing fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130Hs operated by South Korean airmen.

S. Korea receives two C-130J military transport aircraft

By Kim Eun-jung SEOUL, March 28 (Yonhap) -- South Korea has received the first batch of two C-130J military transport aircraft from U.S. aerospace firm Lockheed Martin, becoming the 14th country to fly the latest model, the state arms procurement agency said Friday. Seoul in 2010 signed a contract to buy four C-130J Super Hercules to bolster an existing fleet of 12 Lockheed Martin C-130Hs operated by South Korean airmen.

Pentagon more than doubling jets in NATO air policing mission

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon is more than doubling the number fighter jets it is sending to a NATO air policing mission in the Baltics and is sending one aerial refueling aircraft, a U.S. official said on Wednesday, part of Washington's response to the Ukraine crisis. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced plans earlier on Wednesday to bolster the decade-old NATO mission, which patrols skies over Baltic allies Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

U.S. Air Force, Boeing confident tanker program still on schedule

By Andrea Shalal-Esa WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Air Force and Boeing Co officials on Wednesday expressed confidence that a $52 billion air refueling program would deliver its first 18 planes by August 2017 as scheduled, despite a Pentagon report warning that testing of the new aircraft could be delayed by at least six to 12 months.

Pentagon report sees delays in testing of new Boeing tanker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new Boeing Co aerial tanker that will refuel warplanes during flight is expected to see operational testing slip by at least 6 to 12 months, according to a U.S. Defense Department report due to be officially released on Wednesday. The $52 billion KC-46 tanker program, one of the Pentagon's biggest arms programs, calls for Boeing to deliver the first 18 of 179 new planes to the Air Force by 2017 to replace the current fleet of 50-year-old KC-135 tankers.

A voice from the past; letter written by Alberta woman 94 years ago returned

CALGARY - A yellowed letter that turned up in an antique trunk halfway around the world is giving people in a small Alberta town a glimpse at what post-war Prairie life was like nearly a century ago. Violet Collier penned the correspondence on Nov. 15, 1919 — shortly after the First World War — on letterhead from the Vulcan Supply Co. in the town of Vulcan, southeast of Calgary. The letter remained hidden away in a traveller's trunk for 94 years until a man named Tim Lacey bought the trunk in Balaklava, Australia, a few years ago.

Snub of Boeing-made fighter rattles Missouri manufacturers

By Tim McLaughlin (Reuters) - Brazil's decision not to buy the American F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet, and instead purchase an untested plane from a Swedish rival, hit the rural Missouri town of Alton this week, where Chet Sisco's family-owned company has made parts for Boeing Co planes for nearly four decades.
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