Bagram flight line reopened after Friday ‘mishap’
The flight line at the large U.S. air base at Bagram, Afghanistan, has been reopened after an incident on Friday closed it.
By "the morning after the incident, the flight line was conducting limited air operations (helicopters and small propeller aircraft), and became fully operational as of Monday morning," according to a U.S. military spokesman.
"The impact to air operations was minimal," Lt. Cmdr. Walter Matthews said in an e-mail response to queries on Tuesday.
The flight line was closed after a "mishap" involving a C-17 cargo plane on Friday night, officials say. The C-17 landed at Bagram Air Base, a key U.S. and international base near Kabul, without having its landing gear fully extended, "causing a small fire," according to U.S. Forces Afghanistan.
No injuries were reported in the incident, according to a short press release issued late Friday. An investigation will look into the incident.
Bagram, north of Kabul, has long been the main U.S. air hub in Afghanistan. It is the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan, and around 20,000 international troops call Bagram home. During the Soviet war in Afghanistan, it was also a major Soviet base.
Since the invasion in 2001 to oust the Taliban, Bagram has undergone extensive construction and renovation work, including the building of the new runway. Estimates put its cost at around $68 million.
In October, a U.S. Navy reconnaissance plane was destroyed when it overshot the runway at Bagram while landing. One crewmember was injured in that incident, which involved a P-3 Orion.