Saintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1156 times:
Before I begin, this tread is definitely not intended to start any flame wars.
I heard a theory this morning that the aircraft could have been shot down by mistake by American forces. I think it is highly unlikely.
But, there was a very nervous atmosphere yesterday in Iraq. The RAF aircraft was approaching an unfamiliar base. Was there a communication problem (IFF or otherwise). Did some commander on the ground not want to take a chance and gave the order to take it down?
I think that the most likely scenario is enemy fire but mistakes have happened before. I would have thought that there is no arial threat in Iraq so would there be a need for coalition forces to shoot anything down?
Thom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11951 posts, RR: 50 Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1126 times:
I just read that Ansar al-Islam have taken the blame for the crash. They claim that the plane was passing low, and they were able to shoot it down using an anti-tank missile. They also say that thanks to god, the plane was hit and fell to the ground engulfed in flames and black smoke.
This has been posted on an islamic website.
It has not been confrimed from anyone though.
"If guns don't kill people, people kill people - does that mean toasters don't toast toast, toast toast toast?"
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12970 posts, RR: 79 Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 980 times:
That was what I was referring to, in my previous post, looks like a crude ground to ground rocket, fired in a most unusual way for a SAM, the whole footage looks to be a patchwork job of (save the actual wreck) unrelated other incidents, plus you have several groups all claiming they did it.
Might well have been a SAM, but the footage released by insurgents is most unconvincing.
GDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 12970 posts, RR: 79 Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 960 times:
BBC have said the aircraft was XV179, a C130K.
Between 1980-85, 30 of the then 60 odd C130K fleet were lengthened to -30 standard, this aircraft was not one of them, as well as being employed by the Special Forces Flight it may have had an ELINT role too.
The C-130K's were delivered in the mid/late 1960's, some have been retired, replaced by C-130J's in more recent years.