MC-130H, Hercules S/N 85-0012
Mosul in Iraq

At an American military airfield near Mosul in Iraq, work was being done on the runway, but no one had bothered to issue a NOTAM (notice to airmen).

Aircraft landing during the day were able to avoid the work site, but an MC-130H, Hercules (S/N 85-0012), came in at night on December 29th, 2004 hit the work area, and was totaled.

There were several injuries among the crew and passengers, but no fatalities.

There will, however, be some fatal effects on the career prospects of one or more air force officers (the ones responsible for distributing NOTAM information.)

Aircraft subsequently destroyed to prevent any unauthorized access to sensitive equipment