A U.S. Air Force C-5 cargo plane with 17 people on board has crashed at Dover Air Force Base in the eastern state of Delaware.

Media reports say several people have been taken to the hospital for treatment. No further information is available on the extent of their injuries.

Television images showed the large aircraft on the ground, with the cockpit separated from the fuselage and a wing shattered.

Some information for this report was provided by AP .