Harrier crash in Kandahar, Afghanistan HQ, Watch How The Pilot Cheat Death
09-11-2016 7:41am | by Web Desk
Harrier Crash In Kandahar, Afghanistan HQ, Watch How The Pilot Cheat Death
After an uneventful mission over Afghanistan, two Harrier Jump Jets came in to land back at Kandahar airbase in Iraq.
Because it was very busy, this aircraft, a harrier GR9 of the Squadron Royal Air Force was forced to stay an additional ten minutes in the air.
When he was cleared to land, ATC requested an expedite landing and run way clearance due to the heavy traffic.
This occurred due to low fuel levels but he received a hostile missile alert and released flares. The pilot can be seen in the apache clip trying to bring the aircraft to a good land but the rail struck the ground at approximately 30 ft from the threshold.
The main undercarriage collapses and so is the nose wheel when the aircraft pitched forward. A huge flame starts immediately the craft touches down.
The fire is gets bigger as the plane belly crashes at the point where rockets, bombs and drop tanks are stored.
It is during this slide that the pilot tries to maneuver the aircraft away from other four aircraft that were waiting to take off.
The pilot ejects himself as soon as flames engulf the whole VTOL aircraft which was the only of its kind in the 60’s.
The aircraft owned by the RAF but was being operated by a USAF marine in the war torn zone. The pilot is said to have suffered minor injuries after narrowly escaping death.
The slow response from the firefighters on the ground led to a more devastating fire that razed down the fighter jet.
The exact cause of the incident was not known and the Minster for Defense ruled out that it could have been as a result of enemy fire. Luckily enough, there were no casualties as the pilot was alone.
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