A US Air Force cargo plane dropped an Army HMMWV over a North Carolina neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon, according to Fort Bragg officials.
The C-17 Globemaster carrying the HMMWV found itself unable to contain its load and prematurely released the vehicle over the town of Cameron. The Army’s Special Operations were testing a new heavy drop platform that was intended to be used over Fort Bragg’s Sicily drop zone.
“A load of some kind was released early and we’re looking into how it happened,” US Army Operational Test Command spokesman Michael Novogradac told ABC11.
C-17s are the jet-powered workhorse of the US Air Force’s cargo fleet, delivering material and personnel where it is needed all over the world.
The aircraft -which belonged to the Charleston-based 437th Airlift Wing- was flying at about 1,500 feet when the load released early- fortunately, the three parachutes attached to the HMMWV released as designed.
“Everything went as planned except for the early release,” said Fort Bragg spokesperson Tom McCollum.
The incident is under investigation.
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