A RNLAF C-130H Hercules, beloning to 336 Squadron based at Eindhoven (Image © Elmer van Hest)

Slap on the wrist for Dutch transport squadron

A Dutch C-130H Hercules, beloning to 336 squadron.(Image © Elmer van Hest)
A Dutch C-130H Hercules, belonging to 336 squadron.(Image © Elmer van Hest)

Royal Netherlands Air Force 336 squadron has received a slap on the wrist from a national safety inquiry board. On occasions, the C-130H Hercules equipped squadron sent pilots abroad on missions while not fully qualified, the board concluded on Thursday 3 July 2014.

The problems came to light following concerns from one of the squadron members and at first concerned the 2009 -2010 time frame. An investigation confirmed several problems, but in 2013 not all seemed solved. The safety board found out the squadron also didn’t follow proper procedures for dropping paratroopers, used RNAV (area navigation) without certified equipment and failed to ensure proper maps on long missions. However, these problems have now been rectified, the investigators ensure.

Number 336 squadron flies four Lockheed C-130H Hercules transport aircraft, the first of which was delivered in 1994. Over the last few years, the squadron and its 43 pilots were heavily involved in duties in Afghanistan and Chad, among other countries.

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