C-17 damaged in gear-up landing at Bagram
Air Force Times
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Feb 2, 2009 15:49:40 EST
A C-17 Globemaster made a “gear up” landing at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan late Friday.
The crew got off the plane safely, but there was a small fire and extensive damage to plane’s underside, according to Air Force reports.
The plane, assigned to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., was landing at Bagram around 10 p.m. when the accident occurred, reports said. The emergency resulted in the temporary closure of runway at the largest military airport in Afghanistan. Air operations resumed Saturday.
Accident and safety investigation boards are looking into what caused the accident.
Friday’s accident was the second bad C-17 landing in Afghanistan during the past two months.
There were no injuries Dec. 23 when a C-17 from Charleston rolled off the runway at Kandahar Airfield in southern Afghanistan while trying to land at 6:20 a.m.