No one was injured when the nose gear for a C-130J Super Hercules collapsed while the aircraft was on the tarmac at Little Rock Air Force Base, said Tim Boyer, a spokesman for the 19th Airlift Wing.
The C-130J, which is assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing, is grounded as investigators determine how badly it has been damaged, Boyer told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.
The incident happened on Tuesday. Three pictures of the damaged plane were posted on the Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook page on the following day.
It is too early to determine whether the accident rises to the level of a Class A mishap, which involves more than $2 million worth of damage to an aircraft, Boyer said.
"Operational safety is a top priority for Little Rock Air Force Base and an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the incident," Boyer said.