Austrian military plane breaks down, complicating evacuation from Israel

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Austrian military plane breaks down, complicating evacuation from Israel
The incident raised questions as to why a military evacuation was necessary when commercial flights were available, and illustrated the decrepit state of Austria's armed forces.
By REUTERS
OCTOBER 11, 2023

Austria's plans for an evacuation of its citizens from Israel by military aircraft on Wednesday were thwarted when its only available C-130 Hercules had a technical failure, forcing the country to book seats on a commercial flight instead.

Austria said on Tuesday it would begin evacuations to Cyprus on Wednesday with one of its ageing C-130 aircraft. These are the biggest in its fleet but also among the oldest, in service since the 1960s. The government is in the process of replacing them ahead of their retirement.

As the aircraft was preparing to set off for Israel from Austria on Wednesday morning, smoke in the cockpit made taking off impossible and it was taken for repairs.

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