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Crew Blamed In Fatal C-130 Crash

An Air Force crew transporting a White House vehicle did not adequately prepare for the difficult flight and crashed their C-130 transport plane into a mountain Aug. 17, the service reported on Monday.

“Unfortunately, mountainous terrain in all quadrants and a short runway at high altitude presented too great a challenge to crew members accustomed to flying in the flat lands of Texas,” said an Air Force report.

The four-engine plane, based at Dyess Air Force Base near Abilene, Texas, was taking a communications van vehicle out of Jackson Hole, Wyo., where President Clinton had been vacationing.

Eight Air Force crew members were killed along with a Secret Service employee.

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