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Cargo plane crashes at Alaska base; 4 on board

Jul 29, 2010 5:52:00 AM - thestate.com
A board of military officers plans to investigate a plane crash that witnesses say sent a fireball rising hundreds of feet over an Air Force base near downtown Anchorage.

The plane was on a local training run Wednesday when it crashed with four people onboard at Elmendorf Air Force Base, authorities said. They gave no immediate word on casualties.

At a press conference Wednesday night, Lt. Gen. Dana Atkins said the C-17 was not an ejection aircraft and it was "likely nobody escaped."

He had no personal information on whether there were any deaths, he said, but told reporters, "It's likely there are fatalities involved in this mishap."

Access routes to the site, which was not on a runway, were closed after the 6:14 p.m. crash.

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