It was reported by an IAF spokesperson that an Indian Air force C-130J Hercules aircraft has crashed near Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh today. The fate of the crew members on board is not known as yet, IAF officials added. As per TV reports, the aircraft had taken off from Agra. “One C-130J aircraft crashed 72 miles (115 km) west of Gwalior air base. The aircraft was airborne from Agra at 1000 hours for a routine flying training mission. A Court of Inquiry has been ordered to investigate into the cause of the accident,” an IAF spokesperson confirmed. Senior officials, including Superintendent of Police, Karauli, have rushed to the spot of the crash along Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh border, according to the Jaipur Police. The C-130J was a goods carrier aircraft and part of the consignment ordered by India, under a $1.2 billion contract signed in 2008 as part of the foreign military sale (FMS). The aircrafts, which arrived in India in February 2011, were unveiled at Bangalore’s biennial air show Aero-India. India had recently inducted six C-130J, the strategic transport aircrafts, bought from the US four years ago. The aircrafts have helped in boosting the air force capability to airlift troops closer to the borders in times of emergency and war.