Just before lunch time today, I monitored in my radio’s Manila Tower frequency that a plane is requesting for an emergency landing: requesting for fire, rescue, and medical support. I immediate peeked and waited for the plane to arrive. Was surprised that the plane in distress is a US Air Force F15 fighter plane.
Airport safety authorities rushed to the aircraft, as it halted itself in the middle of the runway (06/24). A problem arised when there is no available tow bar to use so that the plane may pulled out of the active runway. The tower controllers decided to have the plane “pushed” — literally — but based on what I had heard on the radio, they fighter plane pilot won’t allow anyone to touch his plane, as the missles are engaged. Huh?
Thirty minutes after, the runway was back to operations.