Crew inexperience and fatigue behind C-17 short landing

On May 9 this year, a C-17 landed 1,000 feet short of the runway at Dover Air Force Base. Investigations by Air Mobility Command found that crew inexperience and fatigue were the main causes.

The glidescope for the runway at Dover is 2.5 degrees but the pilot flew the approach at 3 degrees.

The pilot was also flying his first unsupervised full mission with an ocean crossing while one of the co-pilots was flying as a fully qualified crew member for first time.


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