Date & Time: Aug 29, 1990 at 0034 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed C-5 Galaxy
Ramstein - Dhahran
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The four engine aircraft departed Ramstein AFB on a flight to Dhahran, carrying medical supplies, food and various equipment for US troops based in Saudi Arabia. Following a night takeoff from runway 27, while at a height of about 50-100 feet at a speed of 161 knots, the aircraft stopped climbing and started rolling to the left. The left wing struck pine trees, causing the engine n°1 to be torn off. Out of control, the airplane lost height and crashed in a wooded area located about one km past the runway end. Four occupants were seriously injured while 13 others were killed. The aircraft was totally destroyed.
It was determined that the thrust reverser on engine n°1 inadvertently deployed shortly after liftoff due to technical issue.