Officials: Ky. National Guard plane didn't crash

Officials: Ky. National Guard plane didn't crash

May 15, 2007

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WATE/AP) -- Military and federal officials say reports of a possible plane crash in southeastern Kentucky turned out to be false.

The incorrect reports sent dozens of rescue workers scrambling Tuesday afternoon.

A sergeant with the National Guard spoke with 6 News by phone Tuesday evening. She said the Guard was not missing any of its Lockheed C-130 Hercules planes and all the soldiers were accounted for.

Officials say they believe the plane some people thought may have crashed actually landed safely.

Emergency crews in Knox County, Kentucky called off their search for the plane.

Early evening reports, confirmed by ABC News, said the plane had crashed along Hwy. 6 going toward Barbourville after taking off from the London - Corbin Airport.

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a four-engine turboprop cargo aircraft. The C-130 took its  maiden flight in 1954. The planes were officially introduced in 1959.

Some portions of this report copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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