Sounds like it was a close one, it could have been way worse. Those A**holes are not only going after military planes, but now even civilian ones. Why DHL would fly into a war zone is my question. Is it really worth the risk for them?
Very scary stuff... it was only a matter of time though.
I have friends flying freight into Iraq from Dubai in a Beech 1900. These poor guys aren't getting anything extra from the company for doing it and obviously no safety guarantee's.
Apparently the company's attitude is along the lines of 'If you don't do it, there are plenty of pilots who will. Theres the door...'
If they manage to make it out of there alive, they will come away with some terrific pictures and stories!!
Got a couple of minutes to get online. Passed through Bagdad yesterday. DHL crew took the hit on climbout fairly high...lumbering non-maneuverable target and with no active defenses available, excellent job watching them bring it back on the deck, even though it did end up in the dirt off the runway. Sucked to have to see all that though. Outstanding work.
Maybe this'll add fuel to the Airbus vs Boeing debate.........
That must have sucked major weenie to have to deal with the emergency, aviating and wondering when the next one will hit. I wonder if they knew they were hit by the SAM at first, or did they just think they were having an engine fire etc? Probably felt the impact I would imagine and thought, "woah, what the hell was that!?" Do you know about that Mike or DHL? What was their story?
Take care over there Mike and make us proud.
Yea, I wonder if anyone thinks those pilots are paid too much?