By Larry Tart
Special to the Armenian Mirror-Spectator
BELLEVUE, Nebraska – The 60th anniversary of the shoot-down of US Air Force C-130 60528 with its 17-man crew near Sasnashen, Armenia, is being commemorated this year. On September 2, 1958 the aircraft was shot down by the USSR. A memorial was created in 1993 for the Sasnashen site and a second was unveiled at the National Security Agency, Fort Meade, MD, on September 2, 1997. The incident and the dedication of the C-130 60528 memorial was addressed in the Armenian Mirror-Spectator issue dated August 18, 2018.
Other Memorials Dedicated to C-130 60528’s Lost Crew
In 1993, a United States POW/MIA recovery team excavated the crash site, recovering miniscule bone fragments and related aircrew artifacts. In August 1993, Sasnashen village elders and sculptor Martin Kakosian dedicated a khachkar memorial to the aircrew that perished in the edge of their village.
The khachkar tumbled over and broke in half, and with assistance from the Big Safari Association (a non-profit USAF-affiliated organization), Kakosian created a new C-130 60528 memorial that he and the villagers dedicated at the crash site in 1998.