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UPDATE on A-10 emergency landing at Alpena CRTC

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on August 11, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment

Selfridge Air National Guard Base has released additional details on the A-10 Thunderbolt II jet that made an emergency landing at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center in July.

The aircraft landed on Thursday, July 20, after the pilot experienced multiple problems with the jet.

According to Capt. Brett DeVries, the flight started off as a routine training flight from Selfridge to the Grayling Air Gunnery Range to drop dummy bombs and attack targets with the jet’s 30mm gun.  On the second pass DeVries’ gun malfunctioned and simultaneously the canopy on the jet blew off, which slammed DeVries’ head back into his seat, startling him for a moment.

DeVries and his wing man quickly decided that the best course of action would be to fly to Alpena, just a few minutes away by air, and attempt a landing.  But on the way there DeVries had an issue with the landing gear.  The pilot and his wingman decided to land the A-10 with the gear up.  It ended up being a smooth landing and DeVries walked away with no injuries.

An investigation is underway into the cause of the original malfunction.  The National Guard says that due to DeVries’ skills in landing the aircraft, the damaged A-10 is expected to be repaired and eventually returned to flying status.  The jet is still in Alpena for those repairs.

It is believed to be the first time in the roughly 40-year history of the A-10 that a pilot had to land with no canopy and with the landing gear up.

PHOTO: Capt. Brett DeVries, an A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot of the 107th Fighter Squadron from Selfridge Air National Guard Base, poses next to the aircraft he safely landed after a malfunction forced him to make an emergency landing July 20 at the Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center.  (Photo courtesy U.S. Air National Guard)

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