Ras Al-Mishab Airport
|Ras Al-Mishab Airport
مطار راس المشعاب
|IATA: none – ICAO: OERM|
|Owner||Ministry of Defence and Aviation|
|Operator||Ministry of Defence and Aviation|
|Elevation AMSL||13 ft / 4 m|
Ras Al-Mishab Airport is a small military airfield in the naval complex of Ras Al-Mishab on the Persian Gulf about 200 kilometres (124 mi) north of Dammam in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia. It occupies an area of around 2.8 square kilometres (1.1 sq mi) and is 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) from the shore.
The naval facility was used during the 1990 Gulf war by the US Armed Forces. A Royal Saudi Air Force C-130 Hercules crashed during approach to the airport during the same war. The plane crashed in the dark and fog at 4:45 a.m. on March 21, 1991. U.S. Marines on guard duty from Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines noticed a C-130 do a loop then an S-turn looking like it was coming in for a landing. Suddenly, it exploded. The Marine sentries immediately rushed to awaken other Marines and Navy medical personnel in the compound. The C-130 was a Saudi Air Force transport plane flying back to Mishab after taking Senegalese soldiers on a visit to Mecca. The official assessment of the probable cause of the crash was the thick black smoke from hundreds of burning oil wells nearby in Kuwait, which combined with the dark and fog obscured the flight crew’s visibility. 92 Senegalese and 6 Saudis died in the crash.
The airfield has one runway, 3,351 metres (10,994 ft) long and 30 metres (98 ft) wide, with lights and ILS support. Several zones allocated near the runway for aircraft parking.
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