The Military Releases July Alaskan Crash Footage Of An Air Force Globemaster III C-17…Pilot Overconfidence And Overly Aggressive Maneuvers To Blame
The crash happened July 28, 2010, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The pilots were practicing for the Arctic Thunder Air Show scheduled for the weekend of July 31 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.(Source)
An official investigation reported “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,” the Air Force said in a statement released Friday night. “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.”(Source)
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.(Source)
Four people were killed in the accident.
Out of respect for the families of those that were killed in the crash, the footage has been edited to cut off just prior to the aircraft’s impact, but if you draw a straight line to continue its downward trajectory as it is falling out of the sky, you can get an idea of where it impacted the ground.