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The Broken Galaxy

20 July 2016
This C-5 Galaxy lies in a field on the south side of Dover Air Force Base, Del., after it crashed Monday, April 3, 2006. Specialists roped off the area with caution tape to preserve the scene until a safety investigation board completes its task. (U.S. Air Force photo/Doug Curran

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 are on the scene of a C-5 Galaxy crash today, April 3, 2006 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Doug Curran)

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 are on the scene of a C-5 Galaxy crash today, April 3, 2006 at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/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 hoses down the crash site of a C-5 Galaxy. The aircraft crashed at 6:30 a.m. EDT, on Monday, April 3, 2006, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., just south of the base flightline. All 17 people aboard survived the crash. (U.S. Air Force photo/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

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    20 July 2016 13:13

    Ouch! That’ll leave a mark……

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      21 July 2016 18:05

      No doubt it did…

  2. 22 July 2016 10:25

    I don’t even want to think about the paperwork. I have an idea some crew members ended up feeling as if surviving the crash may not have been the best outcome for them.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      30 July 2016 06:58

      Don’t you know it 😦

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