C-17 crashes near air force base in Alaska
Friday, July 30, 2010
These facts were confirmed by Air Force Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins, Commander of Alaskan Command, in an impromptu press conference later in the evening. Col. John McMullen, commander of the 3rd Wing (under whose authority the plane belonged), announced the four deaths on Thursday. Three were members of the U.S. Air National Guard, one was active duty. Names are being withheld pending the notification of family members.
The Elmendorf base is near Anchorage, Alaska, and the fireball and plume were visible from that city's downtown. "It was a big, gray plume of smoke and I saw a fireball go up in it," said Anchorage Fire Dept. Captain Bryan Grella in an interview with the Associated Press.
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III aircraft is designed for rapid response strategic airlift, medical evacuation, and airdrop roles, carrying cargo and troops. The aircraft are used by the United States, the United Kingdom, NATO, Australia, Canada, and Qatar.
- U.S. Air Force. "No survivors of Elmendorf C-17 crash" — , July 29, 2010
- Q13 FOX News and The Associated Press. "UPDATE: Four Dead In C-17 Crash In Alaska" — , 29 July 2010
- "Survivors "Unlikely" In C-17 "Mishap" On Elmendorf AFB, Military Official Says" — , July 28, 2010