Today in Aviation History – Major Oops Moment

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January 30, 2009. The pilots of a Boeing C-17A Globemaster III Lot VIII, 06-0002, c/n P-34, “Spirit of the Air Force”, of the 16th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston AFB, South Carolina, distracted by a series of minor problems, neglect to lower the landing gear and belly the transport in at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan after dark. None of the six crew aboard are injured, but damages of $19 million are sustained by the airframe. Pilots are grounded pending a command review of the accident, an Air Mobility Command spokesman said. The automated ground proximity warning system was apparently accidentally turned off. This is the first belly-landing of a C-17 in sixteen years of operation.

If you’re having a bad day just remember that it probably pales in comparison to THIS.