It had been leased by Paradise Island Airlines for just over a year, but had recently been returned to the leasing company, Aviation Enterprises. It was still in the basic colours of a previous user, Time Air (Canada) as C-FDNR.
The Dutch government needed additional transport capability for their troops during their long-lasting deployment to Afghanistan. So they leased this specially modified Dash 7 from the Canadian company Voyageur Airways. The aircraft was modified with self protection measures (chaff, flare, radar warning receivers) so it could transport personnel and freight more safely between the Dutch deployment locations over the war-torn Afghanistan.