Gen. Michael Moseley, Air Force Chief of Staff, confirmed that the C-5 transport aircraft that crashed near Dover AFB, Del., Monday, shortly after going airborne, experienced an engine problem—prompting the crew to bring the giant airlifter back around to Dover and was within a “reasonable distance” of the runway before it crashed. Queried on Tuesday during a Capitol Hill seminar, Moseley noted that the C-5 was not an older A model but rather a B model that already had undergone Avionics Modernization Program improvements. He did not think that age would be a factor. However, he said, “There are some things we have to go look at, and some things we have to go ask some folks.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.