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What happens when a landing goes wrong!    (Ver 1)

 

The following series of pictures are of an American F 15 that blew a tyre on landing. I do not know enough about them to know whether it is a trainer variant, a Wild Weasel (anti radar) or a strike/fighter bomber.
The gouges in the ground are rather impressive!

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Amazingly this plane didn't catch on fire - the crew are very lucky. Note the foam around the engines and on the rear of the plane and the ground.
The cockpit has broken away from the fuselage just behind the back cockpit bulkhead. It is lying on the ground facing the camera as if you were looking into it from above.

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Note the helmet on the ground and how the radome is gone, but not its special black sheathing. I do not know whether the canopy was shattered by the accident to the extent you can see in the pictures or whether this was the work of the rescue crew. There is a collection of shards off to the right, but nowhere near enough to account for the whole canopy.

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In this close up you can see that both ejection seats are in place and it appears that neither crew member has either had the time to eject or even to start the ejection sequence as on both seats the side mounted initiator handles (yellow colour, and locate by the hips of the occupant) appear to be still in their unfired position. It must have been a VERY wild ride and then to have to evacuate a crashed plane which had "live" seats would have added to the danger already posed by leaking fuel etc.
The pilot suffered minor injuries and the back seater had several broken limbs!

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I have no further details as to date or location and would appreciate this info and the model of F-15 if anyone knows it.


 

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