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Luftwaffe Tornado NLG Collapses In Afghanistan  
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 4680 posts, RR: 3
Posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 3627 times:

When 2 Luftwaffe Tornados returned from a recce mission to Mazar-i Sharif, on one of the jets, the nose landing gear collapsed. The aircraft then partly "landed" on its recce pod. Nobody was hurt.

A342


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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3482 times:

one more reason to order new jets...

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3399 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
one more reason to order new jets...

 redflag  Bovine manure.

What has an incident like this to do with ordering new aircraft?
It could have had all kinds of reasons, and they usually get fixed quite fast. The Tornado is a proven aircraft, same as the F-4, which both have passed the teething problems stage. A new aircraft would just have new problems.

Jan


User currently offlinePelican From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 2531 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3274 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
one more reason to order new jets...

More like spend more money on maintenance and training. I don't know by what this incident was caused. But the poor funding of the Luftwaffe (the Bundeswehr in general) is no secret.

pelican


User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined exactly 9 years ago today! , 4680 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 3247 times:

It seems the runway was/is in a very bad condition. Have a look at it here:

http://maps.google.com/maps?spn=0.03...&hl=en&ll=36.706914,67.209678&fc=1

But maybe this picture isn't very recent.

In the meantime, the Luftwaffe has suspended all flights from there. The officials stated the following reason: A heavy transport aircraft has damaged the runway (after the incident happened).



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User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 13968 posts, RR: 63
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3224 times:

Quoting A342 (Reply 4):
It seems the runway was/is in a very bad condition.

If the runway has potholes, then maybe they'll need to send a company of Army engineers in with bulldozers, graders and concrete mixers to repair the runway.

Jan


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