, 2022-12-21 20:50:46,
STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) — The City of Stillwater says its regional airport sustained significant airfield damage Sunday, Dec. 13, due to an unauthorized military aircraft landing.
City officials say a U.S. Air Force C17 Globe Master aircraft landed around noon on Sunday, carrying the U.S. Air Force Women’s Basketball Team to their game against Oklahoma State University.
“Charter flights are required to receive permission prior to using the airport to ensure safety equipment, such as the Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) services, are in place as well as to make sure the airport can accommodate all needs,” said the city. “In this case, this prior approval was neither requested nor granted by airport administration.”
Stillwater Regional Airport’s published runway maximum weight capacity is 310,000 pounds and the C-17 that landed is approximately 400,000 pounds (45 tons over weight limit), according to city officials.
City officials say airport staff have temporarily patched surface damage to the runway and taxiways, so the airfield remains safe and operational.
However, because of the extreme excess weight and the pavement consisting of multiple levels, engineers are determining the best method for assessing damage to the structural integrity of the airfield.
The engineers say potential damage…
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