The Heavy Airlift Wing, the operational arm of the multinational SAC program, received a request of support from program member nation the Netherlands in late July to provide logistics support. HAW 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.
A K-Loader vehicle is tied down for transport in the cargo compartment of SAC C-17 SAC 03 prior to the 31 July mission to Kharkiv. The vehicle was transported back to Pápa on 18 August on a SAC C-17 aircraft. Photo: HAW / Juha Vehokari.
For the last two and a half weeks, the K-Loader has been used in Kharkiv to load and offload cargo from the Royal Netherlands Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force transport aircraft which set up daily shuttles between the Netherlands and Kharkiv. The tasks the K-Loader was used for have now been completed and a SAC C-17 aircraft transported the vehicle back from Kharkiv to Pápa Air Base on 18 August.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.