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US attack jet crashes in the Eifel

The Local · 1 Apr 2011, 18:11

Published: 01 Apr 2011 17:11 GMT+02:00
Updated: 01 Apr 2011 18:11 GMT+02:00

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The slow-moving A-10 Thunderbolt II, which is used for close air support, was not carrying missiles, according to a police spokesman in Trier.

But the plane, commonly known by its “Warthog” moniker, did have 1,100 rounds of live ammunition for its cannon on board.

The fire brigade, the police and a rescue helicopter all rushed to the crash site, which was only 300 metres from the village of Laufeld.

“We narrowly avoided a catastrophe,” said Karl-Josef Junk, the mayor of the 500-person hamlet.

A spokeswoman for the US airbase Spangdahlem said the jet was stationed there and had been on a routine training flight when it suddenly crashed for still unknown reasons around 4 pm.

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17:46 April 1, 2011 by mobiusro
Damn, I had to read that twice. I thought it mean the Eifel tower.
18:26 April 1, 2011 by DOZ
Close all Foriegn Bases in Germany, especially USA and Canada.
18:35 April 1, 2011 by auniquecorn
Yea they are, and thanks to them, you can sit on your a$$ and criticize the world, and not worry about getting thrown in jail for voicing thoughts.
18:51 April 1, 2011 by alohageorge
I guess they forgot WW2 because they sure couldn't fight for themselves now.
19:04 April 1, 2011 by belladons
Doz, are you really that frikken stupid?
19:27 April 1, 2011 by The-ex-pat
An A-10 carries 1174 rounds not 11000.
19:39 April 1, 2011 by xx.weirich.xx
For a moment there, I thought they said that the jet crashed into the EIfel Tower. Phew.
20:38 April 1, 2011 by maxbrando
Yes, it is time tha Americans go home. After all, the Russians are going to have you for the next 90 years, and need the base. See how you like that. Ask any Ossie.
21:08 April 1, 2011 by eintraum
wow, are you drunk maxbrando?
21:13 April 1, 2011 by c12dat

Yep close down all the bases .... but ...

Do you know that the Lord Mayor of Heidelberg came to D.C. in 2009 to request USAREUR HQ to be kept in his city ... too late ... plenty of protest marches ... plenty of signs telling us to get out ... so off to Wiesbaden we go.

I wonder why the Lord Mayor went all that way to ask us to stay? Although the US military do not contribute so much to the local economy like before, we still spend quite a chunk of money.

In the early '90, there were talks of closing down Wiesbaden Air Base. The locals Germans were ecstatic!!! No more helicopter noise, no more military aircraft noise, no more Americans Military. Then news start to spread of Lufthansa moving in to set up the airfield as their cargo and short flight hub ... in doing so, the runway must be lengthened. Nein Nein .. can't have that said the locals. But all the helos were already slotted to move out, Mainz-Finthen Airfield were in the process of being closed. Hmmm what to do ... approval were given to being in UH-60's Medivac Helicopter unit to be based at Wiesbaden ... 421st Medical BN.

But not to worry DOZ ... plans are in motion to move out of some locations like Mannheim, Heidelberg, and a few other that I can't recall at the moment. Personally, I think it is sad to see these places close down. I have made good friends during my years based in Germany. Hate the US if you must, but the contributions of the US toward German and Europe since WW2 is immeasurable.

DOZ ... do you know hat the German Luftwaffe have a base in Texas?
21:27 April 1, 2011 by Nemo2010
Germany also has a base in Alamagordo New Mexico, near where the US stealth bombers are based. It's a Trojan horse...
21:27 April 1, 2011 by Zlik
The F-15 that CRASHED last week in Lybia is now costing American taxpayers thirty one million three hundred thousand dollars. This A-10 Thunderbolt II?
21:29 April 1, 2011 by mobiusro
@eintraum - he was being sarcastic
22:37 April 1, 2011 by auniquecorn
Wow DOZ, they edited your post?

You lucked out on that one.
22:46 April 1, 2011 by whpmgr
As a good friend of mine, Fryintl might say about much above:

I guess if you are short sighted and you can only resort to...well in WWII or I or what have you....1956 Russians going into Hungary.. Lets look at today and current events: In most areas where the US Government or the Brits, if any Brits are left in Germany, are stationed the bases contribute directly tens of Millions of dollars into the local economy. Lets break this down: Cargo services, food establishments, shopping, tourist stuff, travel, clothes, auto and electronic repairs, drinks, Rent (uh, DID I SAY RENTS)..then there is the stuff many don't see directly. Did someone say Arbeit? How many factories or places closed and the locals depended upon the bases to Guaranty jobs to German's? Even when an American or Brit was better qualified for a position, how often did the base have to hire, due to Status of forces agreements and other Arbeits Amt crap, instead of the qualified? Ask Bitburg when the mayor went to the US and begged for us not to leave. How many houses were built to help German civilians have a better life by renting to Americans? You people, and the comments may have been made in jest or as smart a$$ comments, who say AMIs raus, how many Good German families will suffer when the dad, mom, family member loses their job? When the houses are empty and there are too many empty houses available and the market gets even worse? When the Brats aren't sold, or the over priced Steak houses that cater to the Rich foreigner Military people are no longer there to eat when Germans couldn't afford the prices? Go to the Alte Feurwache in Landstuhl and Ask Kurt how life is with fewer Americans? He may be ok as Ramstein is still pretty big. You may not need the American or British or Canadian (are they still there) Military, but if you are short sighted enough to think that if we go, there will be no major affect on your lives, you are sadly mistaken. Forget your defense. If things get bad enough, we will come back because we are allies. But in the mean time, when in the case of Kaiserslautern where the US Bases are the Number 1 Employers of the Region, you are hurting the very Germans that you seem to want to protect.
23:35 April 1, 2011 by Landmine
Well, having reading all the posts on this thread, it is unanimous. DOZ is a m0r0n lol
00:17 April 2, 2011 by XanthanGum
Yes, time to leave Germany and all of Europe. Take your ignorance home. America is a nation in decline. The nation is much like a muscle builder: big muscles (war machine), little brain. Spending 50% of federal dollars on war making is insane. Please, go home and fix your own problems and stop trying to tell the rest of us how to live. You can start by getting a free press and stop your fear mongering.
00:20 April 2, 2011 by dairiesman
A-Mer-Ica A-Mer ICA di di di dum de day How does the rest of the song go???
02:10 April 2, 2011 by petegunn
@dairiesman: "God shed His grace on thee." "And crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea." BTW, by 1985, over 6,000 German women married American men in Bitburg. I would say that forms a pretty strong bond between us. Wouldn't you say?
02:36 April 2, 2011 by hpb
As a German who lives in the beautiful USA for more than 25 years, I am ashamed at some of the ignorance displayed by a number of contributors. The derogative word "AMIS" used for the people of the very country that liberated us from Hitler and saved most of us, except for the eastern part of our country, from having to speak Russian, offends me the most. American bases in Germany have contributed an enormous amount of commerce over the years.
06:42 April 2, 2011 by belladons
12 DAT and hpb, 100% well said. I did not know there were German military bases in the U.S. We people post emotional extremist comments on here when speaking of the U.S. military in Germany, many show their ignorance. As one German minister posted on here a few months ago, "The reason German foreign policy is not good, or words to that effect, is because we have to deal with the dope smoking, drug addict, protesting radical fools from the 1960's.
06:53 April 2, 2011 by hanskarl
The New Mexico group is based on the same field and is used for training Germany''s fighter pilots by American pilots in most cases. They have their own school and housing area. their soccer team usually wins the New Mexico amateur soccer trophy from what I have heard.

"As one German minister posted on here a few months ago, "The reason German foreign policy is not good, or words to that effect, is because we have to deal with the dope smoking, drug addict, protesting radical fools from the 1960's."

Seems both countries have the same problem and unfortunately they all ended up in politics!
10:18 April 2, 2011 by ronasch
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12:41 April 2, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
hpb...I appreciate your kind words...as an American living and working in Munich, with German ancestry( my German grandparents emmigrated to America in 1912)...
15:08 April 2, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
Yes, close all American bases that contribute to Germany's economy and security. You can use the bases to house thousands of Turks, Pols, and others who want to share in Germany's prosperity and contribute to its security and economy.
15:41 April 2, 2011 by rutledm
Hey DOZ,

Are you really the dozy!. First of all Einstein, the Canadians haven't been in Germany for 15 years. Second, I was in Germany last year, Soest. We were stationed there in the 60's, we went into a local Gasthaus and the Wirtin was going on and on about how much they miss the Canadians, contributing to the local economy, creating jobs and spending money and getting along with the locals. Now she said instead of 6000 Canadians there are 6000 unemployed Poles Russians and other dregs of eastern Europe dragging the town down. Creating their own little gangs, yeah brilliant Sherlock kick the Americans and Canadians out.
18:24 April 2, 2011 by Frenemy
ipso facto: 1 Canadian military officer = 1 unemployed illiterate Pole/Russian?!
00:58 April 3, 2011 by beckyhead

Sure, and let's see how many of those Turks continue to distance themselves from German cutlure, langauage etc. How much money do you think the Pols will contribute to your economy? I like the Pols, but they have a tough enough time trying to find funds build proper roads, never mind contributing to the German economy.

Russians contributing to German security?? Are you for real?
14:51 April 3, 2011 by XFYRCHIEF
@beckyhead -

Sorry - I should have preceded my remarks with "The following is sarcasm:"
16:03 April 3, 2011 by Al uk
@XFYRCHIEF your post 25 is bang on the money.

Also some folks just don't get sarcasm lol.
18:17 April 3, 2011 by stablemate
i agree with hpb....as an amis as you call americans i understand the great pride germans have for them self....i too have this as from usa
20:18 April 3, 2011 by AirForceGuy
Yea, take all American bases out of Europe and the them pay for THEIR OWN defenses. They got the money now... or do they?
02:43 April 4, 2011 by janreg58
Americans bases have been in Germany how long? And Germany pulled out of it's financial slump when? I think Germany will do just fine without the Americans or the British.
09:28 April 4, 2011 by Gilly58
Doz…you are one serious pea brained individual with absolutely no respect for what some of our parents and grandparents sacrificed for your freedom of speech…shame on you!
12:11 April 4, 2011 by idiot
As if the US just came to germany during the WW2 to bring us the freedom of the speech Lol
13:24 April 4, 2011 by Gilly58
@ Idiot...

oh look...theres another one...the name says it all dude. LOL!
14:22 April 4, 2011 by idiot
16:59 April 4, 2011 by Major B
My my. All of this hooplah(comments) over a crashed A-10.

Those mean occupiers, the Americans, doing all these bad things to Germany. Just terrible
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