B-1 Bomber Crash, "Didn't YOU Lower the Landing Gear?&q

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B-1 Bomber Crash, "Didn't YOU Lower the Landing Gear?&q

Postby agonyea » September 21st, 2006, 5:29 pm

I Thought You Lowered The Landing Gear?
September 21, 2006: Last May, a U.S. Air Force B-1 bomber landed at Diego Garcia without lowering its landing gear. That caused eight million dollars in damage to the aircraft, and $15,000 in damage to the air strip. The cause of the accident was failure of either the pilot or co-pilot to lower the landing gear. How is that possible? Well, such things do happen, although rarely. In this case, both pilots were tired after a long (over ten hours) mission, and were busy with other procedures and paperwork. No one noticed the red warning lights (indicating the landing gear was not down.) It was human error, as is the case with most military and civilian aircraft accidents these days
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Postby borebrush » September 21st, 2006, 7:26 pm

:shock:

Can you imagine the sound that made? Sheeesh...

Amazing, only in the Airforce can four people make a multimillion dollar mistake, then they make it this great team effort. If it were Sgts and Cpl's, would it be such a "whoopsie! la-de-dah we goofed..."?
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Postby EvilCouch » September 21st, 2006, 7:35 pm

borebrush wrote::shock:

Can you imagine the sound that made? Sheeesh...

Amazing, only in the Airforce can four people make a multimillion dollar mistake, then they make it this great team effort. If it were Sgts and Cpl's, would it be such a "whoopsie! la-de-dah we goofed..."?
Pretty sure those 4 airmen pointed out, as well as the rest of the team in the photo are the recovery team.

The pilots are probably off crying into their pillows.
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Postby borebrush » September 21st, 2006, 8:31 pm

my bad.. I wasnt inferring that those were the four crewmembers. I honestly thought that the B1 had four peeps in that tube. Pilot, coPilot, Navigator, Bombardier...

Anyways, can you imagine how quiet it was in that cockpit after they skreetched to a halt? Greater the Responsiblity, the Greater the Fuckup...
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Postby Ranger Ron » September 22nd, 2006, 7:50 am

For 15 years I flew a turbo Saratoga which was retractable. The line is: When you fly a plane with retractable gear, it's not "If" but "When" you land gear up.

At least they didn't have any props to bend in this case. :roll:
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Postby Towedjmpr » September 22nd, 2006, 8:57 pm

I call bullshit.


No damn way even "super-pilot america" could land a B1 gear up and not leave some "obvious" damage to the fuselage.
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Postby RTO » September 22nd, 2006, 9:10 pm

Nice to see where my tax dollars are being spent !!! :roll: :evil:


I wonder if they garnished their wages.....?

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Postby AbnRgr289 » September 23rd, 2006, 2:16 pm

Towedjmpr wrote:I call bullshit.


No damn way even "super-pilot america" could land a B1 gear up and not leave some "obvious" damage to the fuselage.

Dude, didn't you see all the "Duct Tape" wrapped around it in the picture? :roll:

It's a big giant airplane band-aid!!! :lol:
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Postby Sapper Mike » September 24th, 2006, 4:53 pm

Wouldn't that be one hell of a Report of Survey. Bet those pilots are happy the old "break it/buy it" stuff ended in the 70s.
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Postby Steadfast » September 25th, 2006, 1:34 am

Towedjmpr wrote:I call bullshit.


No damn way even "super-pilot america" could land a B1 gear up and not leave some "obvious" damage to the fuselage.


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Postby CloakAndDagger » September 26th, 2006, 3:04 am

I guess this confirms the B-1's "Bitchin' Betty" anunciator doesn't include "Landing Gear...Landing Gear...Landing Gear..."


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