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Accident description
Last updated: 31 May 2016
Date:Thursday 15 October 1959
Type:Boeing KC-135A-BN Stratotanker
Operator:United States Air Force - USAF
Registration: 57-1513
C/n / msn: 17584/193
First flight: 1958-12-08 (10 months)
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney J57-P
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Leitchfield, KY (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Columbus AFB, MS (CBM/KCBM), United States of America
Destination airport:Columbus AFB, MS (CBM/KCBM), United States of America
The Boeing Stratotanker collided in mid-air with a Boeing B-52F Stratofortress (57-0036), which was carrying two nuclear bombs. The bomber was being refueled at FL320.
Both aircraft crashed.

Mid air collision
Loss of control



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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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