Annamaria Tribuna, the C-130J pilot who evaded the Taliban attacks

September 2, 2021 by archyde

Annamaria Tribuna, the C-130J pilot who evaded the Taliban attacks

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The Italian Air Force Pilot, Annamaria Tribuna was the protagonist of a maneuver in a Lockheed Martin C-130J Super Hercules to dodge shots during an evacuation flight from Kabul Airport.

Although fortunately it is increasingly common to see female pilots, stories like the following continue to fill with pride.

Tribune was flying a Lockheed C-130J with Italian refugees and journalists fleeing Kabul Airport and heading to Italy.

During the departure, a group allegedly of the Taliban began firing machine-gun fire to expel the crowd from the vicinity of the airport.

The Italian Air Force issued a statement

The aircraft crew chief, as required by operating procedures and subject to constant training, in observing firearms coming from the ground and directed upwards, visible as tracers, immediately implemented an evasive maneuver to protect the aircraft and the passengers and prevent the aircraft from crossing the airspace where the tracer impacts were observed, continuing with the original route. “

After Annamaria Tribuna safely maneuvered the C-130J, the military aircraft was able to withdraw from Afghanistan. After completing the departure from Kabul Airport, the Italian Air Force plane continued its journey to Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.

Some people pointed out that the shots had been aimed directly at the Italian plane, which does not coincide with what the Air Force declared.

However, whatever the situation, direct attack or not, the ability of the pilot Annamaria Tribuna in the C-130J stands out. The skills, in terms of execution and decision-making, made the evacuation flight to be carried out successfully.

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