Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Alaska - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Military Cargo Plane Crashes in Alaska

MSNBC.COM -  A C-17 military cargo plane with four aboard crashed and burned Wednesday night at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska.

The Air Force confirmed that the C-17 was assigned to Elmendorf's 3rd Wing and crashed at about 6:14 p.m. local time while on a local training mission, said KTUU-TV.

Initial reports indicated the plane had crashed into a wooded area about two miles north and east of the runway, said the Daily News. The plane apparently was headed east off Runway 5 and was banking left, to the north, when it went down.

There was no immediate word on casualties.

Military police refused to comment.

One anonymous witness told the Daily News the aircraft appeared to be doing maneuvers as if it were practicing for the Arctic Thunder air show and open house this weekend.

Anchorage Fire Dept. Captain Bryan Grella told The Associated Press that his crew was just getting done with dinner at about 6:30 p.m. at the downtown fire station when something caught his eye.

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