A Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF, Flyvevåbnet) C-130J Super Hercules tactical airlifter has conducted an emergency landing at Aalborg Air Base on Sept. 22 morning, Danish Defence (Forsvaret) said in a statement.
The aircraft took off from Aalborg Air Base for Greenland with 12 people on board, and soon after departure, smoke was detected in the cargo space and cockpit. Following this, the aircraft turned around and conducted a safe emergency landing at the airbase.
The Danish Defence statement added that the incident is under investigation.
Hercules-transportfly fra @forsvaretdk nødlandet i lufthavnen i Aalborg. Ingen personer ombord er kommet til skade. Transportflyet var lettet fra Aalborg, da der opstod røgudvikling ombord. Flyet vendte og landede sikkert i Aalborg. Læs mere: https://t.co/OCT7gcfUBm #dkforsvar pic.twitter.com/qqv6dZFlb2
— Forsvaret (@forsvaretdk) September 22, 2020
Full Statement (translation):
This morning one of our C-130 J Hercules planes had to make a security landing at Flyvestation Aalborg. They were on their way to Greenland with 12 people on board, as soon after departure they detect smoke in the cargo space and cockpit, they initiated a standard security procedure. The plane made an emergency call to the tower, which made sure to redirect all other air traffic and call the plane directly into landing. They land shortly after and everyone comes out safely and quickly. The plane is quickly moved off the main track so that normal traffic can be settled. Now the process is starting to figure out what’s causing and what can be done because it won’t happen again.
Royal Danish Air Force operates four Lockheed Martin C-130J-30 Super Hercules tactical airlifters; C-130J-30 is the stretched version of the C-130J. The aircraft are assigned to RDAF’s 721 Squadron based at Aalborg Air Base (Flyvestation Aalborg), also called Air Transport Wing Aalborg.