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Martinair crash Faro keeps the Dutch busy

Twenty-three years after Martinair flight MP495 crashed upon landing at Faro International Airport in Portugal, what happens keeps the Dutch busy.

The national news program EenVandaag adds a new chapter to the story on 16 January 2016, by quoting a former supervising technician saying the McDonnell Douglas DC-10 should never have left Amsterdam airport.

Landing gear

According to the technician, whose job apparently was to check the aircraft before clearing them for flight, to EenVandaag he was pressured to sign off while planned replacement of the landing gear of the wide-body airliner was postponed three times.

Wind shear crash cause

On 21 December 1992 the DC-10 crash-landed at Faro, killing 56 people on board and severely wounding at another 106. Wind shear is commonly blamed of having caused the crash, while other say pilot errors may have contributed or caused the crash. The news item puts the safety of the plane in doubt and puts new fuel in a public debate that has lasted more than two decades.

Investigation classified

Parts of the investigation documents have been classified by the Netherlands and will first be open to the public by the year 2073.

© 2016 Airheadsfly.com editor Marcel Burger
Featured image: Pre-announcement on the EenVandaag website on the upcoming news item on the MP495 crash at Faro, 16 January 2016 (Image © Airheadsfly.com)

Netherlands Air Force DC-10 to the scrapyard

One of the two KDC-10 aircraft remaining in RNLAF service (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)
One of the two KDC-10 aircraft remaining in RNLAF service (Image © Ministerie van Defensie)

It has cost an investment of millions of euro, went through an extensive upgrade from 2004 to 2011, but three years after the ex-United Airlines DC-10 was finally ready for military service with the Royal Netherlands Air Force the plane goes to the scrapyard in British Newquay.

T-255 made a farewell pass over its homebase Eindhoven on 11 April 2014 before it headed to its certain death on the other side of the North Sea. The Netherlands Ministry of Defence decommissioned the plane as part of financial cut-backs. Attempts to sell the aircraft were unsuccessful. Phil Salter made some nice images of the T-255 arriving at Newquay.

The RNLAF bought the plane in order to enlarge its strategic airlift capacity, running short of it with only 2 KDC-10 tankers/transporters (T-235 Jan Scheffer and T-264 Prins Bernhard) and 4 C-130H tactical airlifters in service. The aircraft received new cables, new load floors, comm-nav equipment and a new cockpit.

The Dutch defence now hopes to fill the gap in her own air transport capacity by hiring military airlift from European or NATO partners, and for non-combat missions from commercial companies. With all European NATO/EU countries having a national shortage of airlift at times, Eindhoven Airbase in recent year has become home to the European Air Transport Command which aim is to co-ordinate and pool European airlift assets.

© 2014 AIRheads’ editor Marcel Burger with source information of the Netherlands MoD