A US serviceman was transported to a local hospital after
reportedly falling off the top of a C-17 cargo plane Saturday
The soldier was conducting pre-flight safety checks on a US C-17
Globemaster III in preparation for a trip to Antarctica at
Christchurch International Airport in New Zealand.
New Zealand Stuff reports he fell about 19 feet from the
fuselage and suffered a broken leg. The Ambulance Service told
Stuff conditions were cold and frosty at the time of the
New Zealand Air Force spokesman Squadron Leader Glenn Davis
wouldn't comment to the media about US procedures, but the RNZAF
had rules which didn't allow pre-flight inspections in icy
As ANN reported, the US
Antarctic season recently got underway, and regular flights to the
region from CHC are being undertaken as part of "Operation Deep
Freeze." The RNZAF's Antarctic season won't commence until
The US Antarctic program operations are housed in the hangar
next to the Royal New Zealand Air Force's hangar.
The C-17 took off without incident after the accident.