- The Washington Times - Monday, April 3, 2006

DOVER, Del. (AP) - A C-5 cargo plane en route to Rota, Spain, crashed just short of a runway on Dover Air Force Base early today after developing problems during takeoff, military officials said. All 17 people aboard survived and were in stable or better condition, military authorities said.

The plane, the military’s largest, went down about 6:30 a.m., said Sgt. Melissa Phillips, a base spokeswoman.

Kent General Hospital in Dover, part of BayHealth Medical Center, said it had received about 14 persons from the scene, none with life threatening injuries. Three patients were taken to Christiana Care in Newark, hospital spokeswoman Sharon Justice said.

The plane belonged to the 436th Airlift Wing, but was being flown by a reserve crew from the 512th Airlift Wing, a reserve unit, said Capt. John Sheets of the Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. There was one active-duty airman, a flying crew chief, from the 436th on board as part of this “blended crew,” he said.

The plane had taken off, developed problems and was returning to the base for an emergency landing when it crashed in a field inside the base just short of the runway, said Lt. Col. Mark Ruse, Commander of the 436th Air Wing Civil Engineering squadron.

“It looks like it kind of slid along the ground almost like a water landing of sorts,” he said.

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