Four confirmed dead in C-17 crash; ca...

Four confirmed dead in C-17 crash; cause still unknown

There are 4 comments on the Long Beach Press-Telegram story from Jul 29, 2010, titled Four confirmed dead in C-17 crash; cause still unknown. In it, Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that:

A plume of smoke is seen after a plane crashes on the Elmendorf Air Force in Anchorage, Alaska, Weds., July 28, 2010.

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Seattle, WA

#1 Jul 30, 2010
RIP to the crew....It will be interesting to see what happened. I have read (on internet, so I can't verify) that the plane was practicing for an airshow and after takeoff, they went into a 90 degree bank (which is a common maneuver for airshows), and possibly lost control or even stalled by not having enough airspeed. Might be similar to the B-52 crash at Fairchild AFB 20 years ago. These large planes are not really designed to fly in 90 degree banks, unless you have a LOT of altitude, plenty of airspeed, and controlled descent. To do a maneuver like this so close to the ground is way too risky and I'm surprised the AF would even risk such a valuable asset for an airshow.

Since: Jun 10


#2 Jul 30, 2010
ILAN: Actually the problem with a 90 degree bank is the lift is now horizontal. The pilot of the B-52 was a hot dogger who let his ego overpower his common sense of physics.
C-17 pilot

Cottbus, Germany

#3 Aug 3, 2010
Always interesting, if not annoying, to read stuff on the internet from people who don't know what they are talking about. The plane was practicing for an airshow, but was not hot dogging it at 90 degrees of bank. Part of the C-17 profile for shows is a short field landing followed by backing up the aircraft and taking off again. The more likely scenario is that they missed a step in the checklist and forgot to reset the flaps for takeoff. If that was the case, they would have stalled immediately after takeoff and at that point it's too late for recovery. Let's wait for the investigation. My heart sinks every time I hear about fellow airmen perishing in such a terrible way.

Anchorage, AK

#4 Aug 28, 2010
Takeoff with left bank exceeding 90 degrees vertical followed by stall with insufficient altitude/time for recovery VERY similar to the 1994 B-52 crash at Fairchild. Since the crash Elmendorf's C-17s are being flown in a less aggressive manner during departures and while in the local pattern.

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