FA-18 pilot was cleared to land on runway 23R while an aircraft that had just landed was taxiing across 23L departure end
He made a quick decision to lower the arresting hook and engage the departure end
I was at 500 feet off the departure end
of the runway.
On landing roll, he lost his nose wheel steering and elected to take the departure end
cable in case of brake-failure--quick thinking and systems knowledge allowed him to handle an emergency not fully covered in the technical order.
Unfortunately, the aircrew assumed ATC had the big picture via radar and would not set up a departure end
Capt Olivieri then applied maximum braking, bringing the F-15 to taxi speed prior to the departure end
We taxied to the duty runway while unaware that a huge flock of seagulls (not the 80's British band) had gathered about 6,000 feet down the departure end
Knowing that stopping a fast, heavyweight Eagle on the runway would be difficult, I planned on taking the departure end
cable, reasoning that I would probably rip the approach end cable out of its moorings if I attempted to use it.
Tower sent a safety truck to the departure end
of the runway to look for the bird and the scupper that had been torn off the aircraft.
We now were two miles from the departure end
of the runway.
Barrier maintenance personnel were still rigging the BAK-14 cable on the departure end
of the right runway.
The last F-111 pulled closed almost 2 miles beyond the departure end
of the runway as number one went over me for insufficient spacing.