Air Platforms

RAF’s C-130J fleet needs more resources to operate safely, says crash report

23 May 2019

Additional aircrew, flying hours, and engineering support are needed to sustain the UK Royal Air Force (RAF's) fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules transport aircraft beyond 2019, according to a safety investigation into the loss of one its aircraft in Iraq.

The enquiry into the accident in August 2017, which resulted in a C-130J valued at GBP17.5 million (USD22.2 million) being written off, concluded that multiple factors - involving night-vision goggles, infrared lighting, radar altimeters, and the surveying of airfields - contributed to the crew landing the aircraft short of a temporary airfield operated by coalition forces.

This resulted in the aircraft 'bouncing' off high ground at the end of the runway.

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