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

23 May 2019
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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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