Jackson, Miss. – The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, in coordination with the Mississippi National Guard, issues the following statement regarding the Jan. 6 C-17 Globemaster III aircraft incident.
Last night, a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft assigned to the 172nd Airlift Wing lost a small plane attachment during a routine training operation. The aircraft’s tail cone cover fell off and landed in a residential area in Pearl. The C-17 landed safely at the 172nd AW. No injuries have been reported.
“The Mississippi Air National Guard 172nd is an integral part of our military transport system”, said Perry Miller, Chief Operating Officer for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority. “We are most pleased and fortunate to know that our community and air crew are safe and that they suffered no harm during last night’s incident.”
The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III is a large military transport aircraft and commonly performs strategic airlift missions including tactical airlift, medical evacuations and airdrop duties while transporting troops and cargo throughout the world. The Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport is home to the 172nd AW and accounts for almost 30,000 of its 58,000 aircraft operations.