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26 Feb 1996 Unidentified C-130 of the Sudanese Air Force crashed near Jabal Awliya, killing 91.


5 Apr 1996 Lockheed Martin test pilots Lyle Schaefer and Bob Price take the first C-130J Super Hercules aloft for the first time from Dobbins ARB in Marietta, Georgia. That aircraft, an extended fuselage length Super Hercules, will be delivered to the Royal Air Force after testing is completed.


15 May 1996 C-130H #TC-67 of Argentine Air Force (1 Escuadrón, 1 Brigada Aérea, El Palomar, Buenos Aires), damaged beyond repair on bad weather landing at Tandil, Argentina. No fatalities.


15 Jul 1996 C-130H CH-06 of the Belgian Air Force crashed at Eindhoven AB, The Netherlands. The aircraft was carrying 37 members of the Dutch Army Fanfare Band, two pilots, one engineer and one loadmaster (41 total). The aircraft had departed from Villafranca in Italy. It is believed that the co-pilot initiated a go-around after noticing a flock of birds on the runway. Some were ingested resulting in loss of power on three engines. The aircraft hit the runway and caught fire. Thirty-two people died in the crash and resulting fire. Nine heavily burned survivors were rescued, two of whom later died in hospital.


17 Aug 1996 C-130H #74-1662, c/n 4597, of the 40th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas crashed into Sleeping Indian mountains, after departure from Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in supporting presidential mission.


22 Nov 1996 HC-130H #64-14856, c/n 4072, delivered June 1965 to Air Force Systems Command, Edwards Air Force Base, California, June 1965, same, May 1966, modified to JHC-130H, June 1966. To 48th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, August 1966, to 55th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, December 1966. Revert to HC-130H and assigned to the 305th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron, May 1975, same, June 1976, to 303rd ARRS by October 1977, same March 1984, in lizard camouflage by October 1984. To 304th ARRS, January 1986, same, redesignated HC-130P, May 1990, in lizard camouflage, August 1994, same, December 1995. Under call sign King 56, crashed into the Pacific Ocean, 113 kilometers west of Eureka, California, fuel starvation