P-8A Class A mishap at Kadena, Japan

A U.S. Navy P-8A assigned to VP-10 was damaged during towing at Kadena Air Base, Japan on Dec. 18. The service has classified the incident as a Class A mishap.

Photo: U.S. Navy

A Class A classification means the aircraft suffered more than $1 million in damages. The Poseidon sustained damage to its nose gear and lower fuselage.

The aircraft, BuNo. 168763, was being towed when the tow bar separated and the aircraft collided with the towing vehicle.

  1. Robert Hubeli says:

    How did this happen? Was nobody riding brakes? I work on these aircraft for an airline and we never tow them without somebody in the cockpit to apply brakes if the towbar separates.

  2. Nate says:

    The ramp area at Kadena isn’t flat. Chances are that the handler wasn’t able to react fast enough to tell the brake rider to stop.

  3. Ken Duncan says:

    The director obviously had his head up his ass too. Isn’t the tug supposed to take off when the bar separates then the brake rider applies? I mean it’s been 30 years but I feel sorry for the entire wing walking crew. $1M is a chunk a change. I’d get my chunk but that’s the retired senior chief in me who hasn’t got in anyone’s ass in 9 years!! Good luck 10. 84-88 alum!!

  4. Jon says:

    Someone lost their yellow shirt

  5. Jay Beasley says:

    Let’s be honest. The kids who moved this plane spend too much time doing LGBT GMTs and getting drunk at the E club to understand how to properly conduct this evolution. I Think we need to scrap the whole P8 program and go back to the P3. Bring back the FE and never allow approach flap landings!

  6. Joel says:

    A brake rider is always required! the issue is how fast did the whole thing happen and what was happening at the time the towbar broke. The driver may not have had the space to take off when the bar separated, all that really matters is that no one was hurt – an aircraft in theater is important but not as important as the life of the people working on her.

  7. Frank M says:

    Someone’s moving to First Lt Div to clean shitters.

  8. Justin says:

    I agree with nate. My first thought was that they screwed up. My second thought was that no one would let this happen with all that training. I think it all happened way too fast and only a seasoned sailor would be able to react in time.

  9. Christopher Pelkey says:

    Ken Duncan, Did you do Orlando NTC after Brunswick? Think I had an instructor named Duncan in 1990 at ONTC who had also been in 10.

  10. brad says:

    Class A is over two million.

  11. Tom says:

    Brad……. A Class “A” Mishap is “Total Cost of damage $1,000,000 or More and/or involves destroyed aircraft and/or fatal injury. http://navyadministration.tpub.com/14167/css/Naval-Aircraft-Mishap-Severity-Classes-133.htm

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