Just got off work (2400 MST
) and got word on the radio via BBC that the small airport being used to stage humanitarian relief flights to Banda Acha has been closed since early morning local time. BBC correspondants reported that a chartered freighter (B737) had hit a cow, disabling the aircraft on the single runway. According to United States military officials working at the airfield, the Singapore Air Force was planning to bring in some heavy lift equipment to jack the aircraft up, enabling it to be removed from the runway but how long the operation will take is uncertain. From the correspondant's report, the aircraft struck the cow at high speed (take off run or landing rollout), substantially damaging the landing gear.
"When a man runs on railroads over half of his lifetime he is fit for nothing else-and at times he don't know that."