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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 06:44 AM
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Flying on fumes


A Bombardier DHC-8 assigned to the 524th Special Operations Squadron crash-landed 61 miles northwest of Bamako, Mali, on Nov. 19.


Flying on fumes
By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday May 10, 2010 7:09:09 EDT

Two special operations pilots flying across Africa took a gamble that cost them big time.

Even though they had six passengers, a crew member and not a clue where to find an emergency landing strip, they decided to risk flying on fumes to stay on schedule.

Call them fuel-hardy, refusing twice to fill up with Jet-A gas.

The twin-engine DHC-8 crashed in remote scrubland, wounding all nine onboard. Five had broken bones. A few simply suffered bruises. Three had back injuries so serious that they couldnt walk.



unhappycamper comment: I hope these pilots are now on the unemployment line. Not gassing up in Africa when you have a chance = dubya stoopid. :eyes:
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dems_rightnow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 06:48 AM
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1. Just freaking WOW
Why? WTF?????
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WannaJumpMyScooter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 07:44 AM
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2. no kidding
Edited on Mon May-10-10 07:44 AM by WannaJumpMyScooter
what could have been so time-critical? did you read the whole article?

insane.
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 08:01 AM
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3. i have a theory
air america - CIA style - drug trafficking. gotta get the product delivered.

destination was Bamako.

googled "Bamako drug trafficking". first results:

Vacancy: Project Coordinator (Combat Illict Trafficking and ...Jan 28, 2010 ... The post is located in the UNODC Project Office in Bamako, Mali, ... against organized crime and drug trafficking at the national level, ...
unjobs.org/vacancies/1264673789517 - Cached - Similar

AFRICOM: The Military at the Forefront of Terrorism (Le Quotidien ...Apr 21, 2010 ... Le Quotidien de Bamako; 21 April 2010 (reporter: Dieudonn Diama) ... with the drug trafficking, of weapons and human beings which occurs in ...
www.scribd.com/.../AFRICOM-The-Military-at-the-Forefron... - Cached


TOP UNITED NATIONS OFFICIALS, BRIEFING SECURITY COUNCIL, HIGHLIGHT ...Jul 7, 2009 ... Although drug trafficking is emerging as one of the more pervasive and .... the Bamako Convention against hazardous waste and now the Praia ...
www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2009/sc9699.doc.htm - Cached


yes, i realize i am being very CTish, but it was the first thing that popped into my head.


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MajorChode Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-10-10 08:07 AM
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4. There's only two times when you can have too much fuel
1) When you're on fire
2) When you are too heavy to climb, and there's big rocks in the way.
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