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'One Brick Short' Runway

When unmarked runway construction goes unreported

Crash of an MC-130H Talon-2 Special Operations plane in Iraq, Dec. 29, 2004
During the week prior to this runway accident, a C-23 Sherpa aircraft flew into this U.S. operated airfield in Iraq during the day and saw there was construction equipment on the runway. Yet there was no NOTAM (Notice To Airmen) posted to warn planes not to follow. A trench was being dug in the runway, and it was not marked. It's a long runway and the C-23 Sherpa landed just beyond the construction. The C-23 crews filed a safety hazard report that was immediately forwarded to higher headquarters and to the Air Force wing based there.
Construction continued, with no NOTAM posting, and on the night of Dec. 29, 2004 this USAF MC-130H Talon-2 Special Operations plane (following pictures, tail number 0012) didn't see the construction. It wound up going through what is now a large pit on the runway.
'One Brick Short' Runway thanks to Jim Serritella

Just a small hole in the runway

'One Brick Short' Runway thanks to Jim Serritella

'One Brick Short' Runway - the 'missing brick'

'One Brick Short' Runway thanks to Jim Serritella

Hercules after the pit

'One Brick Short' Runway thanks to Jim Serritella

Unbelievably there were no deaths - just several injuries and lifetime counseling needs for the passengers.

'One Brick Short' Runway thanks to Jim Serritella

Ironically, this event occurred near the 50th Anniversary for the C-130 Hercules (on August 23, 2004).

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