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Posted: 1/5/2005 5:07:42 PM EDT
Undated -

Last week one of our C-23 Sherpas 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 our higher headquarters and to the Air Force wing based here.

Well, it seems the construction continued and still was not marked or NOTAMed or anything. A C-130 landed on the runway the night of the 29th and didn't see the construction. It wound up going through what is now a large pit on the runway.

A few pictures are attached. The C-130 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.













Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:10:03 PM EDT
DAMN!
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:13:09 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:13:22 PM EDT
Wow!
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:15:23 PM EDT
Someone is in deep shit!

Whats with the Gonzo nose on that herc? LOL
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:19:52 PM EDT
Sorry for the injuries, glad no one was killed.

The rest is parts is parts, call the geico lizzard for an adjustment
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:20:11 PM EDT
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:27:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheFNG:


Whats with the Gonzo nose on that herc? LOL



www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/ac/mc-130e.htm
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 5:30:26 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TheFNG:

Whats with the Gonzo nose on that herc? LOL



Probably some kind of Radar, or IR/RF sensor. My guess is it isn't a standard cargo hauling
C-130, but some kind of surveillance plane. Just my guess though.
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 7:55:31 PM EDT
That looks like a very expensive Special Operations MC-130? " Combat Talon ". Someone "AKA" the Airfield operations commander is going to retire sooooooooooooooooooon !
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 8:37:47 PM EDT
WTF?

As they say in the Guiness comercials,


... BRILLIANT!!

Link Posted: 1/5/2005 8:39:41 PM EDT
Can you say 'speed bump'.
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 8:44:43 PM EDT
Glad there were no deaths resulting from that. We have a neighbor who is a Marine pilot flying one of those over there. I'll be showing the kids these pics to remind them why we keep praying for all our servicemen and women.
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 9:59:31 PM EDT
BTT
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 10:07:52 PM EDT
Bet there's a NOTAM on that field now.
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 10:34:08 PM EDT
Ouch!! Glad to hear everybody made it out alive!!
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 10:46:31 PM EDT
Thats f-ing ridiculous. Somebody needs no be held accountable. It reminds me of what Mayer Daley did to one of the Chicago reliever arports.

Thank GOD nobody was killed.
Link Posted: 1/5/2005 10:58:53 PM EDT
That'll buff out...

Ben
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 4:45:54 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 4:48:56 AM EDT

Originally Posted By tangeant:
That looks like a very expensive Special Operations MC-130? " Combat Talon ".



Yes. MC-130H
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 4:53:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2005 4:54:10 AM EDT by Kharn]
The locals complained about too much noise from the planes, so the workers were making giant rumble strips to slow the planes down.

Kharn
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 4:58:48 AM EDT
Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We are on final approach and we ask that you return your seats and trays to their upright and locked positions, and that you fasten your seat belts. Current local time is 03:18, current local temperature is 68 degrees.
Thank you for fly..... (WHAM)....What the fuXX was that? Ah shit.....there goes my perfect landing record.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:12:13 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2005 5:14:49 AM EDT by oc192]
C-130 rolling down the strip... BUMP.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:23:26 AM EDT
damn. glad every one is alive
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:24:04 AM EDT
wow! lucky no one was seriously hurt!
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:24:13 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:33:01 AM EDT
Lockheed needs to rethink that rough field landing thing again. If any other aircraft hit that, I doubt it would have survived as well as the 130. A tribute to the toughness of the old bird. Glad everyone was okay.

They should be able to buff that right out.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:40:14 AM EDT
Damn!
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:49:07 AM EDT
Check out that DIRCM fairing on the rear fuselage.

First photo I've ever seen of one installed on a Herc.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:54:51 AM EDT
hmmm check out the second picture.... there is some kind of concrete slab 2 feet under the runway that they dug down to.....

hmm buried weapons anyone?
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 5:58:18 AM EDT
OUT
BUFF
NO
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 6:14:43 AM EDT
Their survival is a tribute to the Lockheed Iron Works.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 7:14:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Orion_Shall_Rise:
hmmm check out the second picture.... there is some kind of concrete slab 2 feet under the runway that they dug down to.....

hmm buried weapons anyone?



I don't think it's a concrete slab, it looks to me like plain ole dirt that's been compacted prior to having new concrete poured on top of it.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 7:19:49 AM EDT
I presume new flight suits were issued to the crew.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 7:55:29 AM EDT
A safety report the day before and the problem not corrected.
More than one persons ass should be spanked and spanked HARD.

Damn lucky no one was crippled. BASTARDS
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 7:59:58 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:13:35 AM EDT

Tagged. Wow.

Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:29:23 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/6/2005 8:35:13 AM EDT by Orion_Shall_Rise]

Originally Posted By IBU-14_Gunner:

Originally Posted By Orion_Shall_Rise:
hmmm check out the second picture.... there is some kind of concrete slab 2 feet under the runway that they dug down to.....

hmm buried weapons anyone?



I don't think it's a concrete slab, it looks to me like plain ole dirt that's been compacted prior to having new concrete poured on top of it.



look closer, there are two vertical pour lines, and a crack in it, and notice the dirt piled on top and a few white scrapes in it...
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:32:36 AM EDT
Title says no one was injured but in the details in the post it says:


There were several injuries to the crew and the few passengers that were on board but luckily nobody was killed



Damn lucky no one was killed.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:35:54 AM EDT
No, sorry. That's compacted fill for the subgrade.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:46:39 AM EDT
[cyanide/libby/osama/DU/ROP] It's Bush's fault.[/cyanide/libby/osama/DU/ROP]
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:50:23 AM EDT
just cuz someone crashes doesn't always mean someone is to blame
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 8:59:27 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 9:37:24 AM EDT
Damn I used to work on that plane.
Link Posted: 1/6/2005 1:40:28 PM EDT
That was the first Herc to get the DIRCM installed on it/in it.



Originally Posted By TLWrench:
Check out that DIRCM fairing on the rear fuselage.

First photo I've ever seen of one installed on a Herc.

Link Posted: 1/6/2005 1:45:26 PM EDT
people's career should end over this.there should be court martials(sic?) for that shit.simply fortunate that alot of daddys' are getting to see the kids again.
Link Posted: 1/13/2005 12:02:36 PM EDT
Co worker who spent last year in Iraq tells me that is Camp Speicher...the runway was initially repaired by the 4ID 229th Engineering (his unit). However, what they fixed, was nothing more than a patch job (due to limited materials and funding). This was a bomb crater that was made in the initial assault.

He tells me it was probably being repaired better by another company...the last picture on the RH side, you can see a water tower...my friend's barraks were across the road from the water tower...that's how he knows where it is.

You might remember the pictures I posted of him sitting in Saddam's spider hole, and standing in front of his truck that caught fire.....
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