YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — A C-130 Hercules assigned to Yokota’s 36th Airlift Squadron made a precautionary landing Thursday at Fukuoka International Airport after one of the cargo plane’s four engines shut down, 374th Airlift Wing officials stated in a news release.
The six-member aircrew, flying a routine transport mission with two passengers aboard, set the plane down safely at about 11:45 a.m. The landing did not damage the aircraft.
“It was on a mission from Yokota to Fukuoka that’s flown regularly,” said Capt. Warren Comer, a 374th Airlift Wing spokesman. “The crew reached its destination but had to make a precautionary landing going in. The No. 4 engine failed.
“They landed safely. There were no injuries to anyone. We’re sending a maintenance team down to fix the aircraft so it can return to Yokota.”
When a warning light goes off in the cockpit, he added, Air Force regulations require an aircrew to land immediately if possible for their own safety and to protect civilians in the area.