August 18, 2017 (by Asif Shamim) - At approximately 11:20hrs PDT, on August 15, a C-130J from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron (VMGR- 352) departed Marine Corps Air Station Miramar with 46 passengers and experienced a loss of pressurization at 21,000 feet during a scheduled training mission.
The air crew expertly executed appropriate procedures and safely landed at MCAS Miramar.
Four Marines and one Sailor from 3rd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion based at Camp Pendleton, California, displayed symptoms of decompression sickness the following day and were treated at Naval Medical Center San Diego. The Marines and Sailor were treated and released, and did not require hospitalization.
The cause of this incident is currently under investigation.