E-3 damaged while landing at Nellis AFB
By Charles Ramey, 99 ABW Office of Public Affairs
/ Published August 31, 2009
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- An E-3 Sentry airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft was damaged while landing at Nellis Air Force Base late in the evening Friday, Aug. 28.
The aircraft, flown by the 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., is deployed to Nellis for Red Flag exercise 09-5 and was returning from a mission when the incident occurred. The 32-person crew safely evacuated the aircraft and the subsequent fire was quickly extinguished by Nellis emergency response forces.
The Air Force will convene a formal board to thoroughly investigate and determine the cause of the mishap.
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