Four members of the US military were injured Monday when a transport plane overran the runway at Camp Taji air base in Iraq.
The US-led military coalition said an Air Force C-130 Hercules struck a wall, damaging the aircraft and causing a fire onboard that was then put out by a response team.
The four injured military personnel were treated at Camp Taji’s medical facility, according to the coalition. A US military source with knowledge of the matter told Al-Monitor that the prognosis for the injured was “looking good.”
Three of the injured were released, an Associated Press report said. It said the plane had 26 passengers and a crew of seven Wyoming Air National Guard members, one of whom was among the injured.
The US-led military coalition against the Islamic State said in a statement Monday night that it did not suspect the accident was related to “enemy activity.”
US military personnel in Iraq consolidated earlier this year at larger garrisons Taji, Ain al-Asad and Erbil air base — a move hastened by the global coronavirus pandemic and repeated rocket attacks by local militias on US positions.