Sardeh Band Airport
|Sardeh Band Airport
Band E Sardeh Dam Airport
|IATA: SBF – ICAO: OADS|
|Serves||Band E Sardeh Dam|
|Location||Sardeh Band, Ghazni, Afghanistan|
|Elevation AMSL||6,971 ft / 2,125 m|
Sardeh Band Airport (IATA: SBF, ICAO: OADS), also known as Band E Sardeh Dam Airport, is an airport located near the village of Sardeh Band and about 1 kilometre (1 mi) north of the Russian-built dam called Band E Sardeh Dam (built in 1967). The airfield lies in a valley 2 miles (3 km) northwest of lake Mota Khan and 18 miles (29 km) southeast of Ghazni, a city in Ghazni Province in Afghanistan.
Though the airstrip is still evident against the surrounding desert, it has not been maintained since Russian military Forces withdrew from Afghanistan and there are no structures to support it. During the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, the airstrip was used in a limited capacity by U.S. Special Operations Forces.
On 12 June 2002 a Lockheed MC-130H Hercules was participating in a night exfiltration mission to remove U.S. Army Special Forces troops from the area when it tried to take off from the airstrip. The plane impacted the ground and crashed in a barren area, 2.5 nautical miles (4.6 km) from the airstrip.
- "Band E Sardeh Dam Airport". Afghanistan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- "Band E Sardeh Dam Airport". Afghanistan Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. 16 August 2007. Archived from the original on 27 September 2007.
- Airport information for Sardeh Band, Afghanistan (OADS / SBF) at Great Circle Mapper.
- Airport record for Sardeh Band Airport at Landings.com. Retrieved 2013-8-1