Nigerian C130 Hercules aircraft lands safely at Cambridge


A Nigerian C130 Hercules aircraft on route from Kano in Northern Nigeria to Cambridge suffered radio failure somewhere over France during the late afternoon of Saturday (27 August 2011).

Using the aircraft’s transponder, the aircraft pilot was able to notify radar stations on the ground and Air Traffic Control that he was unable to communicate with them and subsequently two French Air Force Mirage Fighters were scrambled, which escorted the Hercules through French Airspace.  The escort of this aircraft was taken over by two Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft when it entered UK Airspace and the Hercules, which was being flown by Nigerian crew, landed at Cambridge Airport at 19.37 on Saturday.

Terry Holloway, Group Support Executive for The Marshall Group of Companies, said: ‘The crew of the aeroplane took the right actions in continuing their flight to Cambridge, which was the destination on their flight plan, and by notifying ground stations using the transponder in the aircraft cockpit’. 

Terry Holloway added: ‘The aircraft is with Marshall Aerospace for major servicing and will be in Cambridge for a number of months before returning to Nigeria’.



Founded in 1909 with little capital as a chauffeur drive company in Cambridge, Marshall moved into the retail motor business in 1910, obtained the Austin Distributorship for Cambridgeshire in 1920 and entered the aviation business in 1929.  With all its growth funded by ploughed-back profits, the Marshall Group remains a privately owned family Company, with a turnover of over £1bn per annum.  The Group of Companies is chaired by the third generation of the Marshall family, and employs members of the fourth generation.  The Group currently employs just over 4,000 people working in the fields of aerospace engineering; design and manufacture of specialist vehicle applications, military mobility shelters and hospital surgical units; motor vehicle sales and after sales support; refrigerated transport sales and support; and property ownership and management.   (


For further information contact:     
Group Support Executive
The Marshall Group of Companies
The Airport, Newmarket Road
Cambridge, CB5 8RX

Tel: 01223 373227 (Office)./ 07785 316763 (mobile)



Founded in 1909, the Marshall Group has a turnover of £2.5bn and over 5,700 employees. Headquartered on a 900-acre site in Cambridge, Marshall has three principal arms to the business: Aerospace and Defence; Property; and Ventures.

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