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Last updated: 29 November 2020
Date:Saturday 17 October 1970
Type:Silhouette image of generic C5 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed C-5A Galaxy
Registration: 66-8303
C/n / msn: 500-0001
First flight: 1968
Total airframe hrs:700
Engines: 4 General Electric TF39
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Marietta-Dobbins AFB, GA (MGE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
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The C-5 Galaxy prototype was being used to conduct test flights. Following one of these flights the airplane was defueled and purged of fumes. Immediately after this operation was completed an explosion occurred, followed by a fire. One ground engineer who was working beneath the wing, was killed.

Damaged on the ground


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