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E-8C Joint STARS Ground Maintenance Operations Mishap

  • Published
  • By Lt. Ronald Cole
  • 116th Air Control Wing

During a ground maintenance operations engine test run here, Tuesday, Dec. 19, an E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft engine failed spreading debris on the Joint STARS Ramp. 


Four Airmen were seen as a precautionary measure due to the incident, evaluated and released by medical personnel.


Flying operations resumed on Dec. 21, after a pause to ensure all debris was removed from the ramp, and local aircraft were evaluated to determine if there was damage due to the incident.  There was no disruption of flying operations in support of Combatant Commands.


An interim safety board has been stood up, and the incident is under further investigation.

For further information contact: Lt. Ronald Cole, 116th ACW Public Affairs, (478) 747-3619, DSN 241-1243,

116th Air Control Wing

Joint STARS Public Affairs

515 Borghese Dr.

Robins Air Force Base, GA 31098-1626