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Air Force C-130 lands after problem

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 10/06/2017

A Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft has landed safely at Whenuapai Air Base after experiencing a problem with its landing gear.

"The C-130 had an indication that it wasn't down and locked, so they went through a checking procedure and then they got a re-indication that it was down and locked and so they landed safely," a New Zealand Defence Force spokeswoman said.

The Fire Service attended about 4.40pm on Saturday as a precautionary measure.

In February an Air Force C-130 Hercules also landed safely at Whenuapai after encountering a problem and in June last year there was an emergency landing by one of the aircraft.

The RNZAF currently operates five C-130 Hercules. It took delivery of the first three in 1965. A 2016 defence white paper said the Hercules would need to be replaced by about 2020.

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