Tuesday, December 9, 2014

C-130 "Hercules" back in service

From the Philippine News Agency (Dec 9): C-130 "Hercules" back in service
The Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft, which safely landed at Borongan Airport in Eastern Samar despite of a flat tire on Monday, is now back in service after a brief maintenance period.

"Borongan Airport has a short runway and since the C-130 was coming in with a heavy cargo, it has to brake fast and stop from skidding. It's these combination of factors that lead to the C-130 having a flat tire," said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Col. Restituto Padilla.

The blown tire was from the aircraft's main landing gear.

Borongan Airport's runway has a length of 1,199 meter which is equivalent to 3,935 feet.

Padilla said the aircraft was immediately repaired by an PAF team coming from Mactan Air Base and safely flown out Monday afternoon.

The C-130 in Borongan Airport was carrying Lt. Gen. Nicanor Vivar, Central Command commander, and 2nd Air Division head Major General Sonny Manalo aside from the initial damage assessment team and aerodrome controllers, communication van and relief items at the time of the incident.

The PAF is known to possess three C-130 aircraft. However, one of the planes is undergoing maintenance at Clark Air Force Base in Pampanga.


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