Aviation Photo #1030537 Lockheed C-5B Galaxy (L-500) - USA - Air Force

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Shot I wish I never had the oppurtunity to take. Please keep the crew of this C5 in your thoughts. From what I've heard every person seated in the nose section (which you can see is perpendicular to the rest of the aircraft) has a broken back.
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    Alex McMahon
    USA - Air Force
    Lockheed C-5B Galaxy (L-500)
    Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
    Lockheed
    500-0083
    84-0059
    Dover - Dover AFB
    Delaware
    USA
    April 2006
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Photo Added: April 12, 2006

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Anonymous
11 years ago
Here is the best opportunity to demonstrate the importance of good quality and workmanship in production.
Lockheed is amongst them if not the best of them all.
Sorry for the guys with injuries and happy for them as well for being alife, thanks to the good aircraft
Anonymous
11 years ago
What hapened? Hope they get as beter as possible!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Sad... :-( 5*s!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Amazing how solid the c5 is and how it did not take fire.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Crew seems to have survived.

http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=20060403-0
Anonymous
11 years ago
My regards to the familys and all occupents involved. you will recover!!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Ouch!

Another one bites the dust....R.I.P


Awesome Pic-5*****
Anonymous
11 years ago
I can't wait to read the accident report about this incident/accident. A complete miracle that there was no fire. Thank God everyone survived. The aircraft wreakage looks like there was lateral rotation on impact. This picture is certainly worth a thousand words.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Either way you look at it, that's a controlled crash. You don't see to many of those. Awesome pilot skills and brute force engineering. Glad to hear that all will heal in time and nobody is headed to the grave. Thank goodness!!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Picture says it all!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice photo of the crash...surprised it took so long for pix of this crash to show up on A.net.
Anonymous
11 years ago
The C-5 is a very strong aircraft. The crew are lucky that the C-5 didn't catch fire they're also luckey that the nose broke off in the crash so if the C-5 did catch fire they would be a little farther away from the flames. I hope the crew gets better soon:)

Andrew
Anonymous
11 years ago
After looking at this picture, it's amazing that there was no loss of life. Hats off to the crew. After all, alive with broken back is better than dead.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I gave this picture a one star only because of what happened to the crew. My regards to the family and friends of the crew and I hope that the crew recover as soon as poosible. Sad to hear this :(
Anonymous
11 years ago
Looks like the aircraft broke it's back too! I hope they all recover quickly, and fly again.
Anonymous
11 years ago
I have done numerous searches for news on this, not one mentions anyone having a broken back and that everyone was either in fair condition or uninjured, on 4/12 only one was still in hospital, that is not consistent with everyone in the front having a broken back, can you provide a link to a news that describes that.
Anonymous
11 years ago
All the crew was released from local hospitals for minor injuries within four days of the accident. As a DSP (Delaware State Police) pilot I had to opportunity to transport a few of the crew.

If I'm not mistaken, it was fully loaded with enough fuel for a flight to Kuwait...
Anonymous
11 years ago
"Three were taken by helicopter to Christiana Hospital, some with possible spinal injuries"

http://www.airforcetimes.com/story.php?f=1-292925-1664881.php

Keep in mind all the information at the time of my posting of this photo was some what unreliable, I was only saying what I had heard. My current understanding is that the three seated in the nose section all broke a vertabrea bone (a bone in your back).

Alex McMahon.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Lucky indeed that it didn't catch fire! I'm glad everyone inside survived. That's one tough aircraft!
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice fhoto, congratulations...
Anonymous
11 years ago
Nice picture... It make me sad to see a broken aircraft... I love the Chrysler PT Cruiser under this plane.... ;)
Anonymous
11 years ago
Everyone but one ended up with minor injuries in this one. I am sure though they will all have back problems for the rest of their lives. Miracle all survived.
Anonymous
11 years ago
Those ppl onboard were lucky. Angels were watching over them.
Anonymous
11 years ago
It was goning to Spain, not Kuwait. It had a gross weight over 700,000lbs at take off and crashed only 10 minutes later.
Anonymous
11 years ago
This shot is so vivid that it is easy to visualize the path this dying bird took in the last few seconds of life.my God bless those who commanded her.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Of course when you have an engine failure and then keep trying to use the failed engine instead of the good engines this can happen. I think I would request some different "angels" next time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
I just wanted to let you all know that the crash was controlled and it was fully the crews fault that this happened. I used to be the ACC on this bird. This is the outcome when you try to throttle up the wrong engine.
Anonymous
9 years ago
They throttled the wrong engine and did one big mistake, over estimating their distance to the runway. I fly the C-5 and it seems that they had flaps down too long while bordering stall. at 3,500 nm, they had flaps at 30 with 162kts speed.They also became disroriented and didnt know where they were.I would say it was the flying crew's fault nevertherless, I hope they recover soon.
Anonymous
9 years ago
This happened the week after I separated from DAFB. The story I got was that #3 was shut down due to fire indication on climb out although it was probably indication only. Then #4 ingested a flock of birds and shut down as the crew was on final approach to the field for repairs on #3
Anonymous
8 years ago
I happened to be one of the investigators in this mishap. Too bad the crew failed to follow proper procedures. If they had this tragedy would have never happened. I'm very glad everyone got out alive all the same.
Anonymous
7 years ago
She got her head off xD
Anonymous
7 years ago
Please disregard the comment about 3500nm and flaps 30, it is a complete joke. There's no such thing as setting flaps to 30 on the C-5. You can search youtube for the video remake and REAL voice overlay. The pilots shut down one of the engines, and while determining which flap setting to use they throttle swapped and left one good engine back at idle and the bad engine was pushed up, thus leaving them in a 2 engine situation. They couldn't recover on short final.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome FU ! Way to go Air Force...

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