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Last updated: 18 October 2018
Date:Wednesday 4 May 1955
Type:Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-0110
C/n / msn: 16892
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:145 km (90.6 mls) SW off Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF) (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Reykjavík-Keflavík International Airport (KEF/BIKF), Iceland
Destination airport:?
The KC-97 was flying in formation when an engine caught fire. Control was lost and the airplane entered a spin and crashed into the Atlantic.

Loss of control

» US Crashes 1950-2002 / Jan van Waarde


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