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7/31/2014 12:00 AM
Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing Provides Logistics Support to the MH17 Crash Investigation in Ukraine
7/31/2014 – PÁPA (Updated 1645 hrs CET) - - The Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing has carried out an airlift mission on July 31 to Kharkiv, Ukraine to support the investigation of the civilian commercial aircraft Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash. The mission, flown at a request of SAC member nation the Netherlands, consisted of transporting a K-Loader cargo aircraft deck loader vehicle that will be used to provide logistics support to the investigation.

A K-Loader cargo aircraft deck loader vehicle is being loaded on a Strategic Airlift Capability C-17 aircraft. Photo: HAW / Juha Vehokari

The Heavy Airlift Wing received the request of support from the Netherlands during the last week of July and responded to it by transporting a K-Loader from the wing home base HDF Pápa Air Base, Hungary to Kharkiv on C-17 aircraft SAC 03 on 31 July.

The MH17 crash investigation is currently supported with transport aircraft of the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force. The K-Loader transported by the Heavy Airlift Wing will be used in loading and offloading cargo from the aircraft.

Due to the July 17 crash of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Donetsk Oblast, Ukraine, the Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) issued Declaration PC.DOC/2/14 on 18 July 2014 calling for an open, transparent and independent international investigation of the crash in coordination with ICAO, including with participation of technical and forensic experts from the Ukrainian, Malaysian, and Dutch governments as well as other technical and forensic experts and relevant regional bodies.

The OSCE Permanent Council, where all 57 Participating nations are represented – including the 12 SAC nations – also called all OSCE Participating States and other actions to support the steps proposed in the Declaration.



About the Strategic Airlift Capability Heavy Airlift Wing

The Heavy Airlift Wing based in Pápa Air Base, Hungary is the operational arm of the multinational Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC). The HAW operates three C-17 Globemaster III long-range military cargo jets providing strategic airlift capability to meet the mission requirements of the 12 SAC partner nations. The HAW became operational in 2009 and its aircraft fleet has achieved over 14.000 flying hours. The unit reached Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2012.

The SAC Nations consist of the NATO members Hungary, Bulgaria, Estonia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovenia and the United States and NATO Partnership for Peace nations Finland and Sweden.

In its operations, SAC receives support from the NATO Airlift Management Program (NAMP) and the Boeing Company that provides technical support for the C-17 aircraft.