Disabled the control surface wiring and massive bleed air failure? You guys win lol, I'm out. I'm not sure what air accident investigation qualified means but it must be as far from NTSB and aircraft fleet/type as the radome is from the rudder. This is not an intelligent conversation. When someone that does know about these aircraft reads this, they laugh. I'm not sure how you believe turbo props or the flight controls work on a C-130 but I would stay off the internet and hit the books. This is ridiculous. Trying to sound the smartest on a forum is not difficult. When a site like this exists so many people can benefit from it, when people try to spread incorrect information to feel like they matter, it becomes harmful. Knowledge is something to be cherished through experience.
You would've noticed that I started my sentence with 'this is what I would pick up just from seeing the photos to my disposal'. I didn't claim to solve this.
I never claimed to work for the NTSB. I was in the military for a very different country, and did my share of investigations. I'm a bit familiar with the difference between the preliminary investigation and the actual scientific investigation.
A preliminary investigator would have a look at the accident site and note everything to the best of his ability, especially items that might not be easily recreated later on. The lead investigator would only consider the viability of it, and does not have to lead his investigation in that direction if the facts don't support it.
Since I don't know you, I won't make any claim to what you might or might not know about C-130's. I can only talk for myself, and I have had a couple of emergencies in a Herc before and I am familiar with the systems of the plane too.
Reading my Dash 2, symptoms of bleed air failure state among others "Loss in engine torque". I agree, that is not the most severe on the list of possible things to happen, but in a compounding emergency it will definitely not help you.
As to the absurdity of the claim of a fire disrupting flight controls, I would suggest having a scan of the accident report of the Canadian Forces CC-130 in Florida. A rupture and spark in the aux pump area created a torching effect and burned through the control lines to the elevator. The committee investigating was of the opinion that had the crew not landed back immediately on the runway in front of them, they probably would not have made it back onto the ground once the cable burned through completely.
CFI/Gr. III, L-382 Loadmaster, ex C-130B Navigator