The Navy has grounded the Blue Angels’ Fat Albert KC-130T cargo plane as investigators look for the cause of a deadly crash involving a similar aircraft that killed 15 Marines and a Navy corpsman earlier this month in Mississippi.
“During the course of the ongoing Marine Corps KC-130T investigation, an airframe similar to Fat Albert, it was determined it may be prudent to allow time for the investigation to provide more information on possible causal factors prior to resuming flight,” said Lt. Joe Hontz, spokesman for the Pensacola-based Blue Angels, in a statement released Thursday afternoon.
Hontz said Fat Albert did not accompany the team to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, where the elite Navy and Marine aviators will perform Saturday and Sunday.
“There is no timeframe for Fat Albert’s return,” he said.
The 15 Marines and Navy corpsman died July 10 when a KC-130T that was taking them from Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station in North Carolina to El Centro Naval Air Station in California crashed in rural Mississippi.