DHL Airbus struck by Manpad leaving Baghdad

Mr Happy

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#1
This happened at the end of November, here's some info from the investigation team.

I've deleted some text (see XXX) for the usual opsec reasons. And bolded other stuff for emphasis. The Photo's are at the bottom.

To those of you who are wondering what happened to the DHL A300B4 coming out of Baghdadlast Saturday, take a look.

Aircraft was hit at 8000 FT, lost ALL hydraulics and therefore had no flight controls, actually did a missed approach using only engine thrust and eventually (after about 16mins) landed heavily on runway 33L at Baghdad. This was fortunate because with no steering the aircraft veered of the runway to the left, had they landed on 33R veering to the left would have taken them straight into the fire station.

The aircraft then travelled about 600 metres through soft sand taking out a razor wire fence in the process, see LH engine pic, and came to rest almost at the bottom of the sloping area between the runway and a taxiway.

All three crew evacuated safely down the second slide, the first one tore on the razor wire.

XXX flew in with a team on Tuesday in one of our Metros and some special equipment we'd had made locally in Bahrainand some provided by Airbus. Using a USAF D9 Caterpillar pulling a 100 metre cable fitted to the back end of each bogie and a nice new aircraft pushback tug with a towbar on the nose gear, we were able to remove the aircraft just on dusk on Tuesday night and towed it to an XXX

We stayed overnight in the USAF camp on the airport and went back to the aircraft on Wednesday morning to allow the insurance survey to be completed and then secure the aircraft.

Basically, LH engine rotates in a fashion, has ingested lots of razor wire and is knackered. RH engine has seized, probably from ingesting loads of sand at maximum reverse thrust and inlet cowl has unacceptable lip damage, probably from hitting the razor wire fence posts.

The No 8 axle appears to be cracked as the wheel sits at an odd angle.

The bulk of the damage is the LH wing. About 3 metres of rear spar is missing in front of the outboard flap, the wing has bulged upwards and downwards where the initial explosion appears to have occurred, one O/B flap track is hanging in the breeze and one has a small piece of flap still attached, the rest of the flap is nonexistent. The pics show the huge crack that has occurred to the rear spar inboard of where the spar has burnt away, possibly from loads on the wing during the landing process. The front spar appears to be intact.

The point of entry pics show where a projectile entered Tank 1A, which was full of fuel, and, after it ignited, proceeded to burn away at the spar. The fuel tank ribs in the area directly in front of the O/B flap are burnt almost 50% through.

The crew obviously did a fantastic job in getting the aircraft back on to the ground and one can only assume that it was most fortunate that they were not aware of the state of the wing as they could not see it from the cockpit.

It also says a lot for the structure of the aircraft that it withstood the impact of the (whatever is finally determined to have hit it). 

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#2
Have seen a bit of footage of the firing team (can't remember where the link is) and it looked very much like an SA14 Gremlin that did the deed. Certainly a lucky crew and did very well to get the cab on the deck.

Scary! DAS for airliners? Yes please!
 
#4
I got mortared at BIAP last week - last day of the tour - bloody typical. On the plus side, the place does have a booze shop and a burger king. The DHL plane was still sitting on the pan waiting for repairs.
 
#5
Mr Happy and lord Flash,

you must be out there in the dust and blood to know all this.

Oh no!. You both read about it and "Happy" stole the pics from Hacks site.


Opsec my arrse.
 

Mr Happy

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#6
old_bloke said:
Oh no!. You both read about it and "Happy" stole the pics from Hacks site.
Opsec my arrse.
I had all that is posted from an email that came through to me. if it's out there elsewhere on the www then it's not through me.... and that is Opsec dear boy.
 
#7
Time of the month, old bloke?

Mr Happy and lord Flash,

you must be out there in the dust and blood to know all this.

Oh no!. You both read about it and "Happy" stole the pics from Hacks site.


Opsec my arrse.
Thats right, I read about it.
Opsec?? Do you know wtf you are talking about?
Spend about 10 mins searching google and you will come up with the same. I fail to see what your point is.

Nothing to say, say nothing.
Muppet.

http://www.volny.cz/recon/pvopro/sa14.htm

http://mapage.noos.fr/sdaniel/ENGLISH_video_tape_irak_sara_daniel.htm

http://www.hk94.com/weblog/index.php

Old bloke, I wish you luck on the next L/Cpl's promotion board. :p
 

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