The accident investigation board convened by Air Mobility Command to review a Nov. 2, 2009, incident with a C-21 at Ali Base, Iraq, has found the flight crew responsible for letting the aircraft depart the end of the runway and sustain about $1.8 million in damage. According to an AMC release Feb. 3, there were four crew-related factors involved. First, the crew didn’t reduce speed and altitude sufficiently. Second, they failed to complete the checklist for a high speed partial flap landing. Third, they didn’t realize they hadn’t enough runway left. And, fourth, the crew failed to initiate a go-around to ensure there was sufficient runway for a safe landing.
Three B-1B Lancers from the 7th Bomb Wing flew over the Indo-Pacific alongside F-16s from the Japanese Air Self-Defense Force as part of a joint large force exercise. The mission began and ended in the continental U.S. The bombers flew 31 hours and landed Jan. 11.