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Accident description
Last updated: 22 May 2017
Date:Thursday 9 May 1957
Type:Boeing KC-97F-55-BO Stratofreighter
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 51-0258
C/n / msn: 16325
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:550 km (343.8 mls) SE off Azores Islands (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Sidi Slimane Air Base, Morocco
Destination airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA), Portugal
The Stratofreighter was ditched in the Atlantic following a double engine failure. The airplane floated for ten days and was sunk by USS Wisconsin.


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