A Philippine Air Force C-130H Hercules tactical airlifter, with 122 people on board, caught fire during takeoff from Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga on Wednesday (March 27) morning.
The fire occurred at 7:10 a.m. while the plane was on the holding point of the base’s runway, the Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoting Maj. Aristides Galang, a Philippine Air Force (PAF) spokesperson. No injuries were reported in the incident.
Upon seeing the flames, the flight crew immediately alerted firefighters at 7:13 a.m. who then extinguished it around 7: 36 a.m. No one was reported hurt, the PNA report said.
The plane, with tail number 4726, was supposed to transport students from the National Defense College of the Philippines to Palawan then to Pagasa Island. The postponed trip is part of the curriculum of the students taking up Masters Degree in National Security Administration.
Galang did not give specifics on the exact cause of the fire and damages on the C-130 pending results of the investigation.
The C-130 Hercules is the primary cargo lift aircraft of the PAF. The Air Force has suspended operations of its remaining C-130s pending inspection (there are five remaining in service).
Lockheed C-130 Hercules is an American four-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed (now Lockheed Martin). It is now the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide.
The C-130 Hercules is the longest continuously produced military aircraft at over 60 years, with the updated Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules currently being produced.
With inputs from Philippine News Agency (PNA)