Someone forgot to put in a NOTAM

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  1. vastdavidson

    vastdavidson Still Lost!

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    Here's what happens when you don't properly "NOTAM" an airfield under construction.
    A lack of communication over in Iraq.

    Last week one C-23 Sherpa flew into a US operated airfield in Iraq during the day and saw there was construction equipment on the runway.

    Yet there was no NOTAM (notice to airmen). A trench was being dug in the runway, and it was not marked. Its a long runway and they just landed beyond the construction. They filed a safety hazard report that was immediately forwarded to headquarters and the
    Air Force wing based here.

    Well, it seems the construction continued and still was not marked or NOTAMed. As a result, an unwarned MC-130H landed on the runway the night of the 29th. It wound up going through what is now a large pit on the runway. A few pictures are attached. The MC-130H was totaled. There were several injuries to the crew and the few passengers that were on board but luckily nobody was killed. Quite the set of failures somewhere in the system regarding this improper construction and no notifications about it.

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    ANy landing you walk away from is a good landing!!!;f
     

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    That's a heck of a nose on that Herc... what's the role of the MC?
     
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    Was there something that prevented them from seeing that big friggin' hole in the runway? I mean, I have never been a pilot, so obviously there are things of which I am not aware...but Jeez, that's a big hole!


    Glad nobody was badly hurt. Very interesting pictures of what is obviously a "high pucker factor" maneuver.


    ETA: It looks like it would not have been hard for that one to be REALLY ugly!
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    Was there something that prevented them from seeing that big friggin' hole in the runway?

    It was night time.;b
     
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    NetNinja Always Faithful

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    Excellent pics!! The pilot will never live that down.
    I think his new call sign is HOLE!


    Spare parts!

    1 engine to salvage.

    1 rudder

    2 horizontal stablizers

    2 paratroop doors

    2 paratroop deflector doors

    Both upper and lower ramp doors

    Pilot and Co Pilot swing windows

    The cockpit instrumentation.

    Give me a team of 5 guys and I'll have that thing stripped in one day.
     
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    Slacker!!!!!!!!! I'm sure the Iraqis will have it stripped in an hour if you allowed them to.:)
     
  10. CaptainOveur

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    As a pilot, I could see how something like that could happen. The hole probably looked completely black at night, probably like a section where the concrete had been pulled out for some reason, and black asphalt put back in it's place, so it could have easily looked like black asphalt at night IMO, add to that fact that military pilots might have been flying with some sort of reduced luminescense (sp?) so that they would not attract a lot of bullets. I didn't fly in the military, but I did enough things in the military to know that generally when lights can be turned off and things like night vision goggles or infra red can be used, they are. The "hole" would have looked worse with NVGs or IR, because there would have been no depth percetion of a "hole".

    Now, when things look a little "strange", that's a good idea to call off the approach, but there are probably a lot of little factors like the above ones that caused the pilots to choose their plan of action, but none of those change the fact that it was definitely the wrong choice of action.

    I'd be interested to hear any data that comes up from this in the future.
     
  11. 50bmgsniper

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    Just after they landed the two pilots high-fived each other and then.......DOH!