A USAF 437th Airlift Wing Boeing C-17A Globemaster III, performing flight RCH351 (callsign “Reach 351”), experienced a fire in the main lefthand wheel bay, probably due to overheated brakes, after landing at Joint Base Charleston (CHS/KCHS), North Charleston, South Carolina.
On 9 April 2021, a C-17A mishap occured at Joint Base Charleston (SC). Whilst coming from Europe, 437th Airlift Wing C-17A Globemaster III, serial number 10-0223, experienced a fire in the main lefthand wheel bay.
The fire was probably caused by overheated brakes after landing at Charleston.
Nobody was injured and the aircraft sustained substantial damage.
A video and photo have emerged on social media showing what appeared to be a C-17 airlifted on fire at the base on Friday afternoon.
In a release, Joint Base Charleston (JBC) said that there were no injuries following an incident involving an aircraft.
JBC officials did not specify what exactly happened on the plane, but said that an investigation is underway into the incident.
The last known Globemaster mishap occured in October 2020.
The C-17 Globemaster III is a military cargo aircraft designed to enter the airlift force.
The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
The aircraft can perform tactical airlift and airdrop missions and can transport litters and ambulatory patients during aeromedical evacuations.