Dover C-5M makes emergency landing in Spain


DOVER — A C-5M Super Galaxy that made a successful emergency landing in Spain Tuesday with 21 people reportedly on board is assigned to Dover Air Force Base, according to the base’s Public Affairs office.

The massive cargo airplane, with a tail registration of 86-0020, was forced to perform a nose gear up landing at Rota Air Base in Spain after it reportedly experienced an unknown failure that made it unable to extend its front landing gear.

The pilot managed to land the plane safely but the aircraft suffered some damage to the sheet metal on the bottom of the front of the C-5M. All of the 21 people on board escaped injury, according to the website

“The C-5M Super Galaxy that performed the nose gear up landing at Rota AB, Spain, is assigned to Dover AFB,” the 436th AW Public Affairs office replied in an email. “At this point, a safety investigation is underway, which is expected to last two weeks. There is no new information at this time.”

After the plane came to a complete stop, the aircrew evacuated the flight deck and then assisted the evacuation of the 21 passengers in the troop compartment.

Material from the website was used in this article.


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