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Last updated: 25 March 2019
Date:Tuesday 22 January 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic C97 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing KC-97G Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 53-0222
C/n / msn: 17004
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:45 km (28.1 mls) NE of Rome-Griffiss AFB, NY (RME) (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), United States of America
Destination airport:Rome-Griffiss AFB, NY (RME/KRME), United States of America
The KC-97G of the 384th Air Refueling Squadron (AREFS) departed Westover AFB at 13:30 on a refueling training mission. The airplane crashed in the snow-covered Adirondack mountain foothills.

» Chronology of the 4050th Air Refueling Wing (AREFWG) Westover AFB, Massachusetts October 1955-April 1957 compiled by Tom Hildreth


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Springfield-Westover AFB, MA to Rome-Griffiss AFB, NY as the crow flies is 260 km (162 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Boeing C-97

  • 888 built
  • 10th loss
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  • 6th worst accident (at the time)
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