November 18, 2017 (by Asif Shamim) - A Royal Malaysian Air Force C-130H belly landed at Labuan Airport at 14:00hrs local time on November 18th after declaring an emergency.
TUDM C-130H-30 #M30-14 made an emergency gear up landing at the Labuan IAP at 5.15pm on November 18, 2017 after circling for six hours to burn off fuel following a landing gear malfunction. [Photo by RMAF]
The crew of Hercules #M30-14
were forced to circle for several hours to burn off excess fuel before making the landing and following observed standard operating procedures, said Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) chief Affendi Buang.
"The landing was smooth, and the methods and techniques adopted by the pilots were exactly how the aircraft should have been handled.
"I would like to congratulate the pilots and cabin crew for making the emergency landing without causing any injury, and with minimal damage to the aircraft," he told a press conference at the RMAF Membedai Base Camp in Labuan today.
He said constant simulator training in such scenarios had helped the flight crew land the aircraft safely.
Affendi said an investigation into the incident was being conducted to identify the technical issues that caused the main landing gear of the starboard side not to function as the aircraft approached the airport.
"An investigation is being carried out to ascertain why the main landing gear was not down. This is not an isolated case as such problems have also happened to other aircraft in other countries.