No one was hurt when a C-17 caught fire after landing April 9 at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Seven crew members and one passenger were returning from an overseas mission when the C-17 landed at the base and caught fire, causing substantial damage to the Globemaster III. Videos and photographs posted online showed flames burning on the aircraft’s landing gear and black smoke rising from under its left wing.
“Base personnel quickly extinguished the fire, preventing further damage to the aircraft,” Joint Base Charleston public affairs said in a statement.
The video shows the C-17 parked next to more aircraft, but the fire did not spread. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.
JB Charleston, one of the Air Force’s largest C-17 bases, hosts the Active-duty 437th Airlift Wing and Reserve 315th Airlift Wing.