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No fatalities reported after Georgia ANG C-130 over shoots runway at Iraqi base

June 8, 2020 (by Asif Shamim) - A C-130H aircraft overshot the runway at an Iraqi military base north of the capital on Monday 8th around 22:00Hrs without causing fatalities, the U.S.-led coalition said.

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The crash of the C-130H3 believed to #94-6706 at Iraq's Camp Taji resulted in injures to four servicemen and was deemed an accident, spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition Myles Caggins told the Associated Press.

Caggins said the plane had overshot the runway and crashed into a wall, resulting in damage to the aircraft and a small fire.

"Four service members on the plane sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are being treated at Camp Taji's medical facility," Caggins said in a statement after the incident. "Enemy activity is not suspected; the incident remains under investigation."

A statement issued Monday evening suggested the C-130 belonged to the Wyoming Air National Guard, but examining videos from the incident the tail shows the airframe is from the Savannah Guard unit. Aircraft from the unit are currently deployed to the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.

"We have been made aware of an aircraft mishap involving members of the Wyoming Air National Guard while conducting operations in a deployed location," said a message on its official Facebook page. "A C-130 departed the runway surface causing non-life threatening injuries to four on board. More information will be forthcoming as made available."

There were seven crew members and 26 passengers aboard the flight, Iraqi official said. Among the injured were two pilots. The official spoke on condition of anonymity, in line with regulations.