Accident description
Last updated: 17 April 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 31 March 1959
Time:11:45
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 58-0002
C/n / msn: 17747/217
First flight: 1959-01-26 (2 months)
Total airframe hrs:50
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:14,5 km (9.1 mls) E of Killeen, TX (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAYS), United States of America
Destination airport:Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX (KAYS), United States of America
Narrative:
The Boeing KC-135 departed Bergstrom AFB on a mission to refuel B-52 bombers. In the area of Killeen, TX, the airplane entered a thunderstorm. Two engines separated and one of the engines struck the tail. The airplane lost control and crashed on a cedar-cloaked hillside.
The aircraft had been delivered just 6 weeks prior to the accident.


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Sources:
» Four men die in military plane crash (The Odessa American, 1959-04-01)


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Distance from Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX to Austin-Bergstrom AFB, TX as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

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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