C-17 involved in rough landing and mortar attack
Blowing out 12 tires landing a C-17 in remote insurgent territory isnít exactly considered a milk run.
Or being subjected to mortar fire on the ground.
But thatís what happened to a C-17 cargo plane earlier this year after a rough landing in a remote part of Afghanistan, the Air Force said.
And while Charleston military personnel reportedly were involved in the incident, a Joint Base Charleston spokesperson could not confirm today if the C-17 involved is one of the estimated 53 planes assigned here.
According to Air Force media reports, the C-17 Globemaster III made a hard landing on a short runway in September as the crew was trying to re-supply Forward Operation Base Shank in the eastern Afghanistan province of Logar.
Once the crew got out they saw the damage was severe: 12 flat tires, eight brakes that needed replacing and eight break temperature sensors out, the Air Force said.
A repair crew was shuttled in, and two days of repairs were started.
On the second day, a mortar landed approximately 150 yards away, part of the fire the base is known to get regularly.
A C-130 Hercules parked nearby was damaged.
The C-17 made it out.
Reach Schuyler Kropf at 937-5551.