Saturday, February 7, 2009
C-17 Belly Landing
Talk about a bad day, a C-17 landing at of Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, made a belly landing on Wednesday of this week. After much effort the big boy was raised and cleared off the runway. I wonder if the crew was wondering about the noise of the gear warning horn blaring that was silenced. Purely speculation on my part but it’s a little hard to believe that in the event of a total gear malfunction a C-17 does not have some kind of alternate extension method that forces the gear door open and allows the gear to deploy. I’ve never worked heavies so I don’t know if they have this system. Judging by some of the crew related accidents over the last few years I would not be surprised if there was a little crew coordination problem.