ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – The Alaska National Guard says a military cargo plane has crashed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.
Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Guy Hayes confirmed the Wednesday evening crash of a C-17.
No other details were immediately available, including whether there were casualties.
Military police refused to comment, and other base personnel did not immediately return messages seeking information. Hayes was en route to the base just off downtown Anchorage to coordinate with the base's public affairs officer to release further comment.
Anchorage Fire Dept. Captain Bryan Grella said his crew was just getting done with dinner at about 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station when something caught his eye.
"It was a big, gray plume of smoke, and I saw a fireball go up in it," he said.
The fireball extended about 750 feet in the air. He estimated the plume to be about two miles from downtown.
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