Air Force C-130s, C-295 on stand-by in case tension in Korea worsens

Four Philippine Air Force aircraft are currently on stand-by in case the situation in Korea between South and North worsens. Military aircraft waiting for possible order to help repatriate Filipinos in South Korea are three Lockheed C-130s and one Airbus Military C-295.

“We are in close coordination with the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding the crisis in Korea. It’s similar to what happened last time so our air assets are ready to support whatever decision or policy our DFA. As of now, we have in the inventory three C-130s flying and one C-295,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs office chief Colonel Noel Detoyato said today.

These aircraft can be configured for passenger service if needed, the military spokesperson said. Detoyato said the decision to place these aircraft in stand-by was made by AFP Chief-of-Staff General Hernando DCA Iriberri.

The C-130s can accommodate approximately 100 passengers while the new C-295 can transport 70.