A C-130 transport made a hard landing on Sunday at Forward Operating Base Shank in Logar province, Afghanistan, during an aeromedical evacuation mission, announced Air Forces Central Command officials. There were no injuries in the incident, which occurred at around 2:20 p.m. local time on May 19, they said. The airplane and crew are assigned to the 772nd Airlift Squadron at Kandahar Airfield. The cause of the hard landing is under investigation.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.