An Alaska based C-17A crashed this past Wednesday afternoon (Jun 28), shortly after takeoff from its home at Elmendorf AFB in Anchorage. Some reports I've seen have it on a normal training mission, others have said it was up starting practice for an upcoming airshow demonstration. The 4 crewmembers died in the crash.
C-17A 00-0173 was assigned to the 517th Airlift Squadron, 3rd Wing. It was shared by the 249th Airlift Squadron of the Alaska Air National Guard. The crew was a mixture of the two units.
Even with a fairly new, state of the art aircraft, military flying is dangerous - even the normal traiing flights.
Below, 00-0173 seen in happier times, while assigned to the 62AMW out of McChord AFB. Seen taking off after a stopover at Rhein-Mein AB (Frankfurt) in 2003.
Top Photo credit: USAF
Bottom Photo credit: yours truly