U.S. plane carrying Special Forces makes emergency landing on a road in Uganda

This will remind you a famous scene of “Lord of War” movie.

On Jul. 18, a Construcciones Aeronauticas SA Casa 212-200, N604AR flying from Entebbe International to Juba, in South Sudan, performed a successful emergency landing on a road in Kiwawu, in the Mityana district.

The aircraft experienced technical problems while enroute but ran out of fuel while returning back to Entebbe.

Fortunately, the pilots managed to perform a successful landing: the C212 was not damaged and the 9 people on board were not injured.

U.S. special forces are quite active in South Sudan and, generally speaking, in Africa. In such region, in order to keep a “low profile” and appear similar to general aviation aircraft during their clandestine missions, most of these special planes (civil registered aircraft used for military purposes) are painted in light gray or in white, as genral aviation/civilian planes.



Image credit: Daily Monitor

 

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4 Comments

  1. Have you realized the really small gap between the wingtip and the lateral wall of the road?

    That was a dramatically good landing. The pilot is superb. Congratulations to him and the rest of the crew and the passengers. They ar very lucky of having that pilot taking care of them.

  2. N604AR is registered to EP Aviation based in McLean, Virginia, an aviation company owned by Academi (formerly Blackwater Security)

  3. “Special Forces” is a proper noun, it is a name that applies only to US Army Special Forces. It does not apply to all special operations forces in all branches of the US military. Special Forces is highly overused by the media and often incorrectly.

    Were the personnel Special Forces or special operators from other branches?

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