SAC/HAW flies mission in support of crash investigation

05 August 2014

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.

The Heavy Airlift Wing received the request for 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 upon all OSCE Participating States to support the steps proposed in the Declaration.