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C-130 Fleet Under Investigation

C-130 Fleet Under Investigation 13 June, 2017

After a series of incidents with several platforms, the Belgian army has decided to ground its entire fleet of C-130 transport aircraft for two weeks.

According to a military spokesman, the flight suspension of eleven C-130s is a result of "abnormal functioning of flight controls." Several incidents have occurred in recent weeks during the flights of the aircraft. However, since all platforms could eventually land safely, no damage could be measured. Nevertheless, the army decided to keep all C-130's grounded for a thorough investigation. During the suspension period, all parts of the air traffic control systems will be closely monitored: the mechanics, the electronics and the hydraulic systems. 

The Belgian army employed the C-130s in 1972 and 1973. The successors, seven Airbus A400M aircraft ordered in 2003, are not expected by the end of 2019.

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