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SAAF Hercules suffers nose wheel collapse (Updated)

Date: 21 April 2020

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By Dean Wingrin

The South African Air Force (SAAF) has confirmed that one of its C-130 Hercules aircraft stationed at AFB Waterkloof was involved in an incident today whilst the aircraft was stationary.

Denel is currently in the process of readying C-130BZ Hercules ‘405’ for returned to service and conducted a test flight early this morning.

Whilst Hercules 405 was starting-up for a further test flight and upon starting No 2 engine, the nose wheel retracted, resulting in the nose of the aircraft settling onto the ground.

Brigadier General Hilton Smith, on behalf of the SAAF, noted: “An investigation to determine the cause of the incident is currently underway.”

Operated by 28 Squadron, the SAAF currently has one C-130 Hercules, serial 401, in service in support of Operation NOTLELA, the SANDF mission in support to Government efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Hercules 401 was quickly brought back into service by Denel so that it could replace Hercules 403 that ran off the runway in the DRC in January this year.

Hercules 405 is being readied so that it can replace Hercules 401 which is due for servicing soon. The SAAF is only able to operate one Hercules aircraft at a time due to budget shortfalls.

 

 


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