SAAF Hawk down

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A BAE Systems Mk120 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer of the South African Air Force has suffered minor damage during a landing at Air Force Base Swartkop in Pretoria.
SAAF Hawk down
A BAE Systems Mk120 Hawk lead-in fighter trainer of the South African Air Force has suffered minor damage during a landing at Air Force Base Swartkop in Pretoria.
Air Force spokesman Colonel Danie van der Westhuizen says the Hawk overran the end of the runway on Tuesday night and sustained minor damages to its undercarriage. 
“The incident happened … at approximately 21:15 while the aircraft landed after a routine training flight.  
“The brake parachute failed during the first landing attempt.  The crew took off again to burn off fuel to lighten the aircraft for the final precautionary landing. 
“During this landing, the aircraft overran the runway due to the reduced braking efficiency without the braking parachute and that was aggravated further by wet runway.  The crew did not sustain any injuries and a board of inquiry has since been convened to investigate the incident further,” Van der Westhuizen said in a statement issued late yesterday.  
At least two of the aircraft were deployed from 85 Combat Flying School based at AFB Makhado to Swartkop to act as interceptors for Exercise Shield 3.
Shield 3 is a joint South African Police Service (SAPS) and SA National Defence Force (SANDF) endeavour taking place in Gauteng and the North West Province to further prepare for June’s Confederations Cup and next year’s Soccer World Cup.
A major focus of the exercise that winds down today is airspace security with the SAAF in close co-operation with the Air Traffic Navigation Services (ATNS) playing a pivotal role by providing authorisation for all civilian aircraft to fly in designated restricted airspace and fighters intercepting all unidentified and suspicious aircraft.
On Tuesday afternoon two of the aircraft intercepted a police Cessna Citation transport in a simulated aircraft hijacking incident that also involved the police`s National Intervention Unit and Special Task Force.  
This is the first incident involving the aircraft in SAAF service and the second involving the type in the country. The first two were handed to the air force in May 2006. In the first incident on 30 September 2005 a Hawk struck a vulture shortly after take-off. The aircraft was still in the hands of the manufacturer at the time and a damaged wing was repaired.
The SAAF acquired 24 Hawk aircraft for R7.2 billion in 1999 with deliveries starting in 2006 and ending in 2008.  
Picture: A SAAF Hawk lands at a very wet AFB Swartkop on Tuesday afternoon.