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SAAF Hercules in nose wheel collapse?

Date: 21 April 2020

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Unconfirmed reports indicate that a SAAF C-130BZ Hercules has suffered a nose wheel collapse.

It is believed to have occurred at AFB Waterkloof this morning. Denel is currently getting a Hercules readied for returned to service and a test flight was conducted early this morning.

Hercules 405 was starting-up for another test flight. Upon starting No 2 engine, the nose wheel retracted.

The SAAF currently has one C-130 Hercules, serial 401, in service in support of Operation NOTLELA, the SANDF mission in support to Government to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Hercules 405 is being readied by Denel for service to replace Hercules 403 that ran off the runway in the DRC in January this year.

This is a developing story.


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