Fri, Nov 07, 2003
A fire on a C-17
Globemaster III aircraft at Altus Air Force Base, Okla., caused a
flight to be aborted and the plane to be evacuated during a mishap
June 25. An Air Force investigation team determined a fire in the
vicinity of the No. 1 engine started when a hose burst, allowing
hydraulic fluid to drip onto the hot casing of the engine.
The turbine case was hot enough to cause the fluid to
The aircraft mission was scheduled as an instructor-pilot
upgrade sortie with two student instructor pilots, one loadmaster
and one instructor pilot on board. The mission involved air
refueling and airport traffic pattern training. The crew was
practicing ground operations when the fire occurred.
The instructor pilot, Lt. Col. Michael Gosnell of the 58th
Airlift Squadron, positioned the C-17 throttles into reverse to
demonstrate a backing maneuver when the cockpit indicated a
malfunction. Soon after, a crewmember warned about smoke and flames
from the engine.
The pilot shut down the aircraft and safely evacuated the
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