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Special Ops transport plane loses hatch over Harnett

Posted January 20, 2012

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— An emergency hatch broke away from an airplane Friday morning during a routine maintenance flight by the Army's Special Operations Command Flight Detachment, officials said.

The Casa 212, a turbo-prop, medium transport aircraft, was flying at 9,000 feet about 5 miles southwest of the Harnett Regional Jetport at 10:15 a.m. when a caution light went on to indicate an unsecured door, officials said.

A crew member tried to secure the hatch, but it broke away from the aircraft, officials said. The crew member wasn't injured, and the airplane didn't sustain further damage.

The Army is investigating the incident.

Someone recovered the 18-by-24-inch emergency hatch, but it wasn't immediately clear who found it and where is was found.


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  • gunny462 Jan 23, 2012

    "If the warning light wasn't on before or during flight then SOMEONE must have opened it...see what I'm getting at FORT BRAGG? sckinton60"

    1. It was a caution light, not a 'warning' light. 2. I'm going to guess, corretly, that you've never worked aircraft frames or you would know that the caution light could have come on due to a stress failure (metal fatigue) of the hatch hinges and could have even failed to come on prior to take off due to a short. There are way to many things that could have attributed to the hatch ripping off in flight. Let the experts do their investigation, then you can scream cover-up all day.

  • justdontgetit Jan 23, 2012

    Yea what Eastern N.C. Native said... OOPS!

    Im just glad that it didnt hit someone and injure them or someones house... or did it and its just not been reported by Fort Bragg?? Wouldn't be the first time something happened and Fort Bragg didn't tell the WHOLE story!

  • sckinton60 Jan 20, 2012

    If the warning light wasn't on before or during flight then SOMEONE must have opened it...see what I'm getting at FORT BRAGG?

  • sckinton60 Jan 20, 2012

    Perhaps they were dropping some sort of "contraband" intending to pick it up later? Hmmm?

  • Rebelyell55 Jan 20, 2012

    Did anyone fall out? Did it damage anything? Was that a Ayeeeeeeeeeeeeee.....eeeee...eeeeee I heard?

  • Eastern N.C. Native Jan 20, 2012


  • tarheels512 Jan 20, 2012

    Yikes, heck of a thing to fall from the sky.

  • Goz Jan 20, 2012

    Dont blame the army, you should have known better then to build your house where we drop our emergency hatches.

  • mycatbubba Jan 20, 2012

    I've always had a fear a plane was going to land on my head. See? This stuff DOES happen! Glad no one was injured!

  • PeteyWheatstraw Jan 20, 2012

    Hey...I just heard the Richard Hatch fell out of a plane. Man, didn't see that coming.