Hurricane Hunters crew investigated for unplanned stop at Martha’s Vineyard

A Hurricane Hunters crew is in hot water after apparently making an unplanned stop at Martha’s Vineyard Airport last month.

According to the Martha’s Vineyard Times, the military cargo plane that is used to fly missions into hurricanes and other major storms, stopped at the airport on March 25 around lunchtime, loaded a vintage BMW motorcycle and then took off again.

A witness having lunch nearby told the Massachusetts paper that the plane was on the ground “not more than 15 minutes.”

A spokesperson with the Air Force reserve unit based in Biloxi at Keesler Air Force Base, said leadership is aware of the incident.

“While performing an off-station training mission, a U.S. Air Force Reserve crew with the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, made an unplanned stop at Martha’s Vineyard Airport, Massachusetts, March 24,” Lt. Col. Marnee Losurdo wrote in an email on March 28. “Leadership is aware of the incident, which is under investigation.”

Social media went wild with speculation about why the WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft landed at the tourist town’s airport and who owned the motorcycle. The Hurricane Hunters have 10 WC-130J Super Hercules aircraft in the fleet.

Losurdo said in a follow-up email to the Times that “The motorcycle belonged to a member of the aircrew. While the incident is being investigated, there isn’t much more I can tell you until it’s completed.”

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