Unfallbericht:Four US Air Force KC-135 tanker planes were attempting to set a world speed record New York-London v.v. Tanker 56-3599 was the third plane to depart. After takeoff the airplane apparently stalled because the crew failed to retract the flaps from 40 to 30 degrees during climbout. It skidded across the Massachusetts Turnpike and disintegrated in flames. The third KC-135 was ready for takeoff at that moment. This flight was cancelled.
|Datum:||27 JUN 1958|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker|
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Air Force - USAF|
|Baujahr:|| 1957-12-18 (6 months)|
|Triebwerk:|| 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 7|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 15 / Insassen: 15 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF) (USA)
|Flugphase:|| Anfangssteigflug (ICL)|
|Flug von:||Springfield-Westover AFB, MA (CEF/KCEF), USA|
|Flug nach:||Brize Norton RAF Station (BZZ/EGVN), Großbritannien|
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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 Brize Norton RAF Station as the crow flies is 5232 km (3270 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.