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Boeing C-17 Crash The cause of the only fatal crash of a Boeing C-17 is pilot error. That is according to both the accident investigation report (see story) and a newly-released, US Air Force video showing the entirety of the roughly 60-second flight on 28 July at Elmendorf AFB, Alaska. Read the executive summary of the report here. I note a strong resemblance to the 1994 crash of the Boeing B-52 at Fairchild AFB, which occurred under similar circumstances. The C-17 crew was practicing for an airshow. The B-52 was performing for a small crowd witnessing the retirement ceremony of one of the officers onboard. Deja vu?

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December 21st, 2010 at 9:11 pm felis20 says:

Okay... erm...

Maybe this is a stupid question, but when you see through your camera that the plane's crashing, shouldn't you CALL FOR HELP FOR CHRISSAKES PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE, instead of just... y'know... continuing to film until it seems like a foregone conclusion, and then put it on the internet?

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December 21st, 2010 at 9:24 pm wyse says:

What could one possibly do in the few seconds as the plane crashes?

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December 22nd, 2010 at 5:28 am nika says:

I would try calling superman.

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December 22nd, 2010 at 7:27 pm felis20 says:

I don't know what the guy could've done, but I know what he shouldn't've done.

And this was it.

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