Thursday, May 21, 2009

Air force to intensify checks on Hercules planes

TNI-AU C-130 Hercules tail left after crashed (photo :

The Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU) will immediately check its C-130 Hercules planes including those that have just undergone a retrofit following an incident in Wamena on Monday, its spokesman, Air Commodore Bambang Soelistyo said.

He said the intensive examination would be carried out to assure their condition.

He said a C-130 Hercules from Squadron 32 of the Abdurahman Saleh airbase in Malang, East Java, skidded upon landing in Papua after its back wheels came off.

He said the plane had just undergone a retrofit in Singapore and "therefore the check would be done on all Hercules planes including those that had undergone a retrofit in Singapore."

He said the airforce planned to improve the capability of nine of its Hercules planes in Singapore. He said the retrofit on four of them had already been completed, including airframe improvement and avionic and engine modification.

Retrofit has also been carried out by the Abdurrahman Saleh airbase` Maintenance Depot 30 to improve engine capability from T56-7 to T56-15 or from type B to type H.
Capability improvement is also being done in Maintenance Depot 10 of the Husein Sastranegara airbase in Bandung, West Java, that includes aircraft body and avionic modification.

Capability improvement of two Hercules at Depot 10 and 30 ws fully done by airforce technicians who had earlier been trained in Singapore.

"We have also carried out improvement and also routine checks to assure that our aircraft is airworthy," he said