Egyptian C-130 Crashes During Training Sortie
Egyptian C-130 crashes during training sortie in the town of Kawm Awshim in Fayoum province, about 100 km (62 miles) south of Cairo. The accident took place at approximately 1200Hrs Egyptian local time on 24 February, 2009.
Limited information was made public as to what caused the crash except for the fact that it was reported to be a “technical failure”.
Egyptian new agencies have reported that Brigadier Amr Abdo Rashwan, Major Ahmed Ibrahim Muwafi, Major Ahmad Saeed Ali Mchale, Major Ahmed Fathi Ahmed Mehanna, Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, and Assistant Mohamed Abdel Hakim Abdullah Zenati were killed.
The Ministry of Defense has opened a board of inquiry to look into the circumstances of the crash and establish the cause.
The mishap aircraft was most likely the +30-yrs old C-130H with local serial number 1272/SU-BAC, MSN 4714. The mishap aircraft had entered service with the Egyptian Air Force in 1977.
Family members and friends of the martyred crew compiled a video paying tribute to the Captain Brigadier Amr Abdo Rashwan and his Co-pilot Major Ahmed Ibrahim Muwafi, of the ill-fated aircraft.