No one was injured in the landing, U.S. Forces in Afghanistan spokesman Army Col. Sonny Leggett said in a tweet that day, and enemy activity was not involved.
A video posted online Monday, purportedly of the emergency landing, shows the C-17 was forced to land with its nose gear still up. The landing gear doors are open in the video, but the gear itself was apparently unable to lower.
The video, taken from a car driving by the runway, shows the C-17 landing on its rear landing gear and then easing its nose down as it slows to a stop, with sparks streaking from its fuselage.
Pictures of the C-17 on the ground after the emergency landing show the markings of the 62nd and 446th airlift wings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
When asked to confirm the video was of an emergency landing at Kandahar this week, the press office for NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan pointed to Leggett’s statement online.
The incident is under investigation, Leggett said.
Stephen Losey is the air warfare reporter for Defense News. He previously covered leadership and personnel issues at Air Force Times, and the Pentagon, special operations and air warfare at Military.com. He has traveled to the Middle East to cover U.S. Air Force operations.