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C-17 crash in Alaska

RIP to all those aboard. Hopefully you can learn something about not respecting the limits/regs from this.

by Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs

12/10/2010 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- Headquarters Pacific Air Forces today released the results of its investigation into a fatal C-17 Globemaster III aircraft mishap July 28, 2010, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Gen. Gary North, Pacific Air Forces commander, directed an investigation into the incident which resulted in the deaths of the four crewmembers aboard, the destruction of the $184 million aircraft, and damage to part of the Alaska Railroad.

The accident investigation board found clear and convincing evidence the cause of the mishap was pilot error. The investigation revealed the pilot placed the aircraft outside established flight parameters and capabilities. During the mishap sortie, the pilot aggressively flew the aircraft in a manner inconsistent with established flight procedures, resulting in a stall. The pilot failed to take required stall recovery actions. Furthermore, the board concluded the co-pilot and safety observer failed to recognize or address the developing dangerous situation. As a result, the C-17 stalled at an attitude and altitude from which recovery to controlled flight was impossible.

Brig. Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, served as the Accident Investigation Board president. General Everhart is vice commander of the 618th Air and Space Operations Center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The general is a command pilot with more than 4,400 flight hours in a variety of aircraft, including the C-17.

The mishap occurred as the C-17 -- tail number 00-0173 and call sign Sitka 43 -- practiced for the Arctic Thunder Air Show scheduled for the weekend of July 31 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

For a copy of the Accident Investigation Board report, visit: http://www.pacaf.af.mil/library/aibreports/index.asp. Video footage of the mishap flight is also available at that Web site. The footage has been edited to cut off just prior to the aircraft's impact, out of consideration and respect for the families of the deceased.

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Added: Dec-11-2010 Occurred On: Jul-28-2010
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  • I'd say the military did not release the last few seconds out of respect.

    Right from the initial climb out you can see the pilot is crazy aggressive. Full aileron in places, full rudder deflection, flying it like a fighter.

    Sad for the others in the aircraft that had to go down with him. : (

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  • Wow... can't any of you people read? Look at the last sentence in the narrative: "The footage has been edited to cut off just prior to the aircraft's impact, out of consideration and respect for the families of the deceased." Neither the poster or this site cut off the end of the video.

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  • Looks like the B-52 crash: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=eec_1176693008

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  • and it ends there????
    R.I.P

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  • My understanding is that there four people onboard, and were practicing for an airshow display.

    Full story here:
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/10/AR2010121007658.html

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  • what the hell... show us the whole video. This place has gone soft

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  • What happened to the rest of it?

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  • WMV fail. Useless.

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  • yeah you see them fly these planes like they are fighters at the air shows. It looked like he didn't have enough speed after the turn. Sad, RIP.

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  • Sad. Amazing maneuvers.....until one of the wings stalled and lost control of aircraft.

    C-17 pilot who wished he was F-16 pilot.

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  • Who tries to fly a brick like that??? Jesus I could just imagine the chatter on the radios asking what the hell he is doing. My guess would be a suicidal pilot.

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  • These birds bank like that during air shows. But this was no air show and I guess the pilot thought that power alone enabled him to stretch the envelope. Perhaps he did not calculate the aircraft load or was not smooth at the controls.

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  • i almost hope it was suicide. it's too horrible to believe that a pilot could fly like that thinking he could get away with it.
    it looked wrong from the start. way too steep off the runway then all that mess? bad either way.
    i've wondered before if some aircraft crashes were suicide/murder--ie, i'm taking a whole bunch of bastards with me...postal style.
    reminds me of 18 wheel truckers weaving in and out of traffic--it ain't a sports car.

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  • Where the fuck is my happy ending?

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  • why the f'n was the film stopped there
    its bull shit

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  • fake

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  • This video fucking sucks. There isnt even a crash in it so dont bother watching it. The title of the video promises a crash, but there is NONE!

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  • No ending, then not real.

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  • Nothing suicidal about this. I can see where some would think this is like the B-52 crash that happened. However, this crash had a lot of different factors than the B-52. The B-52 crash was simply over banking the jet. Yes this crew was a bit too aggressive with their inputs. However, this pilot had flown MANY demos before this one and they were all like this. Secondly, there were configuration changes you can't see in this video which lead to the loss of lift. Had he been a few knots fas More..

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  • If that's "a mishap", I'd hate to see what "an accident" looks like, let alone "a disaster" or "a catastrophe"!

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  • At 52 seconds would have been a great time to lvl out. All would have been saved.

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  • These knuckleheads are going to ruin it for all the other pilots who follow the rules. If the stall light/warning is going off don't ignore it.

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  • Yikes, what a piloting fail.

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