Hercules mystery deepens

An offline correspondent offered a more credible explanation for the C-130J’s going down the other day which is that the plane was practicing low-level — below radar coverage — ingress and egress runs for operations to drop Special Forces on missions, considering that low level drops is what the plane is specialized for. That makes sense, but only deepens the mystery. How come the lead pilot, trained in the US, made the elementary mistake of running into a high hill or high-voltage electricity transmission lines stretched across the flight path, or whatever other explanation is offered for this mishap? Was he unaware of these physical features and impediments when drawing up this training flight plan?

About Bharat Karnad

Senior Fellow in National Security Studies at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, he was Member of the (1st) National Security Advisory Board and the Nuclear Doctrine-drafting Group, and author, among other books of, 'Nuclear Weapons and Indian Security: The Realist Foundations of Strategy', 'India's Nuclear Policy' and most recently, 'Why India is Not a Great Power (Yet)'. Educated at the University of California (undergrad and grad), he was Visiting Scholar at Princeton University, University of Pennsylvania, the Shanghai Institutes of International Studies, and Henry L. Stimson Center, Washington, DC.
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