In the wake of the tragic crash of one of their KC-130T aircraft where 16 people died the Marine Corps are grounding their fleet. It was also announced that the Navy’s Blue Angels transport C-130 aircraft nicknamed “Fat Albert” is going to remain on the ground until more information about the crash is determined.
Two separate investigations are ongoing in the wake of the crash: an aviation mishap investigation and a Marine Corps Command investigation, Marine Forces Reserve spokesman Capt. Andrew Chrestman told Military.com.
In light of that investigation, the Blue Angels canceled the appearance of Fat Albert, a C-130T with a Marine Corps crew, at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. That show began July 24 and continues through July 30.
“During the course of the ongoing Marine Corps KC-130T investigation, an airframe similar to Fat Albert, we determined it may be prudent to allow time for the investigation to provide more information on possible causal factors prior to resuming flight,” Lt. Joe Hontz, a Blue Angels spokesman, told Military.com in a statement. – Military.com
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