Military transport plane makes emergency landing in Mass.

Emergency crews respond to the C-5 transport plane at Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts after an emergency landing, Feb. 8, 2014.


By ERIN SMITH, BOB MCGOVERN | Boston Herald (MCT) | Published: February 8, 2014

A young girl suffered minor injuries, and all other passengers walked away safely from a military transport plane that made an emergency landing at Westover Air Reserve Base this afternoon after experiencing a loss of pressurization, according to officials.

The plane, which landed safely at 2:29 p.m., was flying from Ramstein Air Base in Germany to Dover Air Force Base when there was “in-flight depressurization,” according to Tim Huffman, a spokesman at Westover.

A girl “under the age of 5” was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries, he said. The extent of her injuries were unknown.

The aircraft is being tended to by a Westover crew, who are “going to look at it and try to get it out of here” and down to Dover, Huffman said.

There were 25 people — both crew and passengers — on the C-5 B aircraft, which is assigned to Westover, according to a statement from the base. Huffman said “it’s likely that there were military and/or military family.”

“A C-5 B assigned to Westover Air Reserve Base was returning from overseas en route to Dover Air Force Base at 34,000 feet with 25 crew and passengers when the aircraft experienced a loss of pressurization shortly after 11 a.m. while over the Atlantic Ocean,” a statement from the base said, prior to landing. “As a precaution, the aircraft was diverted to Westover Air Reserve Base for maintenance actions.”

Earlier in the day, officials at Hanscom Air Force Base were notified that the aircraft may need to make an emergency landing at the site, said spokesman Chuck Paone.


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