Accident description
Last updated: 21 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 25 May 1958
Time:16:33
Type:Silhouette image of generic CONI model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed RC-121D Super Constellation
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 55-0123
C/n / msn: 4396
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Falmouth-Otis AFB, MA (   United States of America)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Falmouth-Otis AFB, MA (FMH), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Super Connie was being prepared for a patrol flight when the center fuel tank exploded. The aircraft caught fire, but all 15 crew members evacuated safely. It appeared that the center fuel tank had been filled with fuel, despite the fact that it was not supposed to be filled. Through seepage or overflow from that tank the fuel vapors were ignited by electronic equipment being tested during the pre flight procedure.

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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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