The United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has revealed that the cost of repairs to Royal Air Force aircraft damaged by the hailstorm that hit Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan in April 2013 has already reached almost UKP13 milion, and will continue to grow as the remaining damaged aircraft are assessed and repaired. Hailstones the size of golfballs hit the parked aircraft. One of 32 Squadron’s BAe 146 C3s was among the aircraft affected, suffering category 4 damages (on a scale of 1 to 5, where category 5 describes an aircraft damaged beyond economic repair). It was an inauspicious start to her service, as she had only arrived in Afghanistan the previous day. She returned to the UK for repairs (at a cost of over UKP1 million) and then returned to service.
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