C-17 experiences landing gear problem on approach to Charleston

A C-17 lands at Charleston International Airport
A C-17 lands at Charleston International Airport

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A C-17 plane declared an in-flight emergency Tuesday afternoon as it tried to land at Charleston International Airport.

The Air Force confirmed that the nose gear on a C-17 plane was not working properly and the crew declared an emergency as a result. After circling the airport, the four-man crew was able to get the landing gear down and locked.

The plane began having trouble just after 4 p.m. and was able to land safely about 45 minutes later.

Charleston Air Force base is the largest C-17 base in the U.S. There are around 50 C-17s based out of the Lowcountry. The C-17 plane carries about 200,000 pounds of fuel.

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