Fire on board military plane prompts emergency landing at XNA

Northwest Arkansas News

UPDATE: Little Rock Air Force Base confirmed that a C-130J Super Hercules assigned to the 314th Airlift Wing at the base in Little Rock had to make an emergency landing at XNA.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


HIGHFILL, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — A military plane made an emergency landing at Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) after both pilots reported a fire on board.

Alex English, a spokeswoman for XNA, said the emergency call came in around 2:30 p.m. Monday while the C-130 plane was in the air.

English said the plane landed safely soon after the call was sent out.

No crew or passengers were on board and both pilots were uninjured.

Once the plane was on the ground the XNA fire department made quick work to put out the fire.

English said since it’s a military plane the investigation will be turned over to the military to determine the cause.

Crews are actively working to remove the plane from the runway to reopen the airport for normal air traffic.

English was not sure where the plane originated from or its destination.

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