An Air Force C-17 Mistakenly Lands at Civilian Airfield

Photo courtesy of Aviation News in the Raw.

An Air Force C-17 Globemaster cargo plane carrying 23 passengers and19 crew made an unscheduled landing at Tampa’s general aviation airfield, Peter O. Knight Airport on Davis Islands just south of downtown.

Video of the landing courtesy of Ryan Gucwa can be seen on the website Aviation News in the Raw.

The runway at Peter O. Knight is much shorter than most military landing strips, at only 3,400 feet, and used mostly by small private aircraft and helicopters. The runway at MacDill AFB is 14,000 feet long by comparison.

The military aircraft’s planned destination was MacDill Air Force Base, about four miles south at the end of Tampa’s peninsula.

A press release from the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Wing Command at Scott Air Base in Illinois states:

The aircraft, flying in support of U.S. Central Command, was apparently undamaged and there were no injuries. There appears to be no damage to the airfield.

The civilian airfield officials and the Air Force are working together to move the C-17 Globemaster so that Peter O. Knight airport to re-open.

The Air Mobility Win Command is investigating the incident.

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Military Members Among Victims in Colorado Shooting

People gather outside the Century 16 movie theatre in Aurora, Colo., at the scene of a mass shooting early Friday morning, July 20, 2012. Police Chief Dan Oates says 14 people are dead and 50 others were injured. (AP Photo/The Denver Post, Karl Gehring)

The Air Force Times is reporting that service members from Buckley Air Force Base, Colo., are among those injured in the early morning shooting Friday in Aurora, Colo. at a movie theater only five miles from the base.

Base spokeswoman Master Sgt. Jill LaVoie told the paper that it is not yet known if all the military victims were Air Force and the number of injured are still unknown.

“This tragic event has affected everybody here at Buckley Air Force Base and our local community friends and neighbors,” base commander Col. Daniel Dant said in a statement.

The media is reporting James Holmes, 24, is in custody in connection with to the early morning shooting Friday at a premier of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

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