The crashed C-5B Galaxy lies in a field on the south side of Dover Air Force Base DE after crashing on 03 April 2006—U.S. Air Force photo by Doug Curran
Ten minutes after taking off the Number 2 engine reverse thruster indicated a non lock condition. While attempting a heavyweight emergency landing the flight crew mistakenly idled the Number 3 engine—making the Galaxy a twin engine aircraft. The situation was exacerbated by the selection of too high a flap setting for two engine flight (the crew thought they had three) resulting in landing short of the runway at Dover Air Force Base. All 17 aboard survived, though two with serious injuries, and the aircraft was a complete hull loss. This Galaxy had the new glass cockpit which was subsequently redesigned to better indicate engine status.
Emergency responders at the scene of a C-5B Galaxy crash 03 April 2006 at Dover Air Force Base DE (note the detached Number 1 engine)—U.S. Air Force photo by Doug Curran
Emergency responders at the scene of a C-5B Galaxy crash 03 April 2006 at Dover Air Force Base DE (note the tail section has also detached like the nose section as well as the two deployed emergency slides)—U.S. Air Force photo by Doug Curran
A firefighter foams down the left wing site of the C-5B Galaxy which crashed at 6:30 a.m. EDT on 03 April 2006 at Dover Air Force Base DE, about 2000 feet short of the runway—U.S. Air Force photo by Doug Curran