Thursday, December 07, 2006

Findings in Blackwater Aviation crash out of Bagram

A CASA 212 aircraft disappeared from Bagram on the way west to Shindand in Nov 2004. Without accurate flight plans it took costly hours to even realize the flight was lost. It was located by a predator UAV. The crew was lost and a young specialist who survived the crash died waiting for rescue. 25th ID lost its Cavalry Squadron Commander (TF Sabre) which was operating in the west. Pilot error and an overloaded aircraft met its end in a high pass in the Hindu Kush. It was a mess, I remember the somber atmosphere at the small morgue at the south end of the air field. In another way we were connected to Blackwater, SSG Teague who served with the 213th ASG who we took over for was one of the contractors who was killed and hung from that bridge in Fallujah in April of 2004.


Blogger Major John said...

I remember the Blackwater pilots offering us a ride if we wanted...oh my. And this was how the Inner Prop, 1SG Beck, CPT Webb, et al came up from Salerno sometimes. Whoo.

10:53 PM  
Blogger CSMBones said...

I also remember jumping through hoops to find them quarters that were good enough for them. The CASA is a great short unimproved strip aircraft.

3:24 PM  
Blogger haji-o-matic said...

I flew from Salerno to BAF in one of those...glad it was in the summertime. It wasn't pressurized.
They'll fly with the mail and land on a (short)dirt strip when the C-130's wouldn't ....

9:43 PM  

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