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  • First C-17 Fatalities Likely
    Posted by Robert Wall 10:07 AM on Jul 29, 2010

    The U.S. Air Force's C-17 fleet has had its share of Class A accidents, but until now had managed to avoid aircraft write-offs or fatalities. But the July 28 crash of a C-17 at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, will spell the end of the streak that began in 1993 and has run over 1.6 million flight hours.

    Four crew members were on the C-17 assigned to the 3rd Wing, which crashed at 6:14 p.m. local time. The USAF says the airlifter was on a training mission.

    Official word on the fate of the four crew members has not been released, but USAF officials indicate to local media the prospects for their survival are grim.

    The C-17 had a lifetime Class A accident rate of 1.29 per 100,000 flights hours. Fiscal 2005 was the worst year, in that respect, with a rate of 3.80, but in fiscal 2008 the fleet avoided any Class As.

    Tags: ar99, C-17, safety, USAF

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