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Date:Friday 30 January 2009
Type:Silhouette image of generic C17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 96-0002
MSN: P-34
First flight: 1996
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Bagram Air Base (BPM) (   Afghanistan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Al Udeid Air Base (XJD/OTBH), Qatar
Destination airport:Bagram Air Base (OAI/OAIX), Afghanistan
The C-17 touched down at Bagram Air Base with its landing gear retracted. The aircraft suffered significant damage to its belly and a small fire broke out as a result of the mishap. There were no reported injuries.
The airplane operated on a support flight from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The copilot was pilot flying from cruise until 28 seconds prior to landing under direction of the commander, a certified flight instructor. The commander took over control on short final to improve landing position. He landed the plane gear-up approximately 2800 feet pas the beginning of the runway. The airplane slid 4528 feet before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

The accident investigation board president found clear and convincing evidence that Mishap Pilot (MP)'s and Mishap Copilot 1 (MCP1)'s failure to lower the landing gear and confirm proper aircraft landing configuration in accordance with the "Before Landing Checklist" caused the mishap.
The accident investigation board president also found evidence that aircrew distractions, task saturation, reduced cockpit visual cues, failure to cross-monitor each other's performance, Tower's failure to transmit a required reminder and the Mishap Crew (MC)'s inadvertent disabling of the Ground Proximity Warning System alerts were substantially constributing factors.

Gear-up landing
Runway mishap



photo of Douglas-	C-17A-Globemaster-III-96-0002
accident date: 30-01-2009
type: Douglas C-17A Globemaster III
registration: 96-0002

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Al Udeid Air Base to Bagram Air Base as the crow flies is 2027 km (1267 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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